THE world’s busiest train route, and one of the busiest air routes, is between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s two biggest metropolitan areas. On that corridor, the shinkansen, as Japan’s bullet trains are known, were born in 1964. They whizz 120,000 passengers a day smoothly from one place to another, on trains that leave every ten minutes. Although humans, not robots, are at the controls, the average delay is a miraculous 36 seconds. To take all those passengers by air would require 667 aircraft, each with 180 seats, or five times Japan’s fleet of Boeing 737s, estimates Macquarie, an investment bank.
These are electric powered trains and in the US they are experimenting with Solar powered trains in Arizona right through to the possibility of heat energy produced by the Rossi Energy Catalyser which could be converted to electricity or steam to power the engine that will drive the Bullet Trains. Modern steam turbines are much more efficient than the earlier versions and will work with the Rossi E-Cat These trains are estimated to reach speeds of 355kmh and would mean a trip of 2 ½ hours between Sydney and Melbourne and almost 3 hours between Sydney and Brisbane.
China’s newest transportation venture demonstrates yet another energy source for mass-transit solutions.
Developed through a partnership of the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and the Southwest Jiaotong University, the new energy fuel cell light-rail train combines hydrogen fuel cells and an advanced permanent-magnet synchronous motor/frequency converter to achieve top speeds approaching 355 kmh.
According to CNN, the completion of China’s $300 billion high-speed train system will make the world’s largest, fastest, and most technologically sophisticated.
The permanent-magnet synchronous motor offers the high speed rail system immense power, high efficiency, remarkable energy conservation, low vibration and minimal noise, as well as enabling passengers to travel between Beijing and Shanghai in 4 hours instead of 10.
Here we have a couple of more economical methods of travel between Capital cities and a more economical method of power generation through Nuclear Power, however, neither the current Government, nor opposition have put serious consideration for these.
These should be early considerations for a Government that believes in Climate Change being an effect of CO2
Of course with Gillard’s lack of concern about anything that would be useful to the Australian people, and Tony still considering an ETS along with the inheritance of the worst Government Debt in Australia’s history, it is unlikely either Party will do anything about planning our long term future with this type of planning.
It does show with the money that the Gillard regime has squandered, Australia could have had improved transportation and improvements in efficiency for electrical needs.