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Old 05-17-2009, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default Algae-Powered-big-Rig-that-Transforms Into A Locomotive


The Chiron Transportation concept transforms between both a big rig and a locomotive. Powered by an algae-based fuel cell engine, the Autobot-wannabe also comes with a satellite tracking system for navigating railways efficiently.

The design addresses the gianormous ecological and economic costs of commercial transport. Something even the un-green have had to contend with due to the increased costs of petro-based fuels.

Conceived by Benjamin Cselley, Jupin Ghanbari, Jessica Covi and Erol Kursani, the Chiron's algae-powered engine will minimize fuel costs but won't be as tasty as this option. And the big rig/train combo allows the Chiron to map out the most efficient path to its destination.

I wouldn't mind seeing these on the road some time soon. Unless of course it turns out to be a Decepticon. That could suck.

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Old 05-17-2009, 02:56 AM   #2
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It's sort of like an insect!
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Old 05-17-2009, 10:24 AM   #3
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sikorsky did it better

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Old 05-17-2009, 11:35 PM   #4
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Disney did it better.

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Old 05-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #5
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They blew the prototype budget on that windshield.

Cool concept. Reconfigure it so that the cab is more conventional and the algae power cell is underneath the container, ditch the railroad thing and this might actually be worth building. I'm guessing that the power cell is translucent and on top for the sake of photosynthesis. You can always use fiber optics to get sunlight where it needs to be.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:40 AM   #6
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HARBIN, China, Jan. 6, 2010; Harbin Electric, Inc. , a developer and manufacturer of a wide array of electric motors in the People's Republic of China, today announced that its self-developed high efficiency linear motor (LM) propulsion system powering China's first domestically developed and manufactured LM driving metro train was successfully tested and validated at Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. Ltd. ("CRC"), Changchun, China. This break-through for China is the result of more than two years of joint efforts between Harbin Electric, the Institute of Electrical Engineering of Chinese Academy of Sciences ("IEECAS") and CRC.

One of the core engineering systems used in this new metro train -- the high efficiency LM propulsion system based on the advanced linear induction motor technology -- is developed and manufactured by Harbin Electric.

A ceremony was held on December 22, 2009 in Changchun to celebrate this accomplishment with the guests taking a test ride on the train. China Central Television ("CCTV") and other media reported and celebrated this important technological achievement, which is part of China's efforts to develop its own advanced technology in many sectors of its fast growing economy. CCTV stressed that "the successful development of this LM driving metro train ranks China as the third country in the world after Canada and Japan to master the LM technology for a scaled production of LM driving transit system. Harbin Electric -- working jointly with IEECAS and CRC -- took only two years to successfully master the new technology."

Compared to the traditional rotary motor propelled metro transit system widely in use in the world, the LM driving metro train provides higher performance efficiency with lower energy consumption. It can negotiate steep grades and cope with tight curves and corners, lower maintenance cost, provide a safer ride under severe whether conditions such as rain and snow, and is quieter and more comfortable. It is environmental friendly and contributes to making cities greener. Additionally, due to the simplicity of the LM propulsion system, the vehicle body is more compact, reducing the cross section of underground tunnels by about 40% and accelerating construction of the tracks, thus providing significant cost savings.

"We are extremely proud of our successful participation in China's development of a technologically advanced urban metro transit industry. The first 'made-in-China" LM metro train relies on our proprietary technology and has met international standards, with significant lower production costs than similar foreign products. With the success of this trial production, I believe that Chinese enterprises have entered into the high-end LM driving metro transit market and possess the skills and strength necessary to compete with world-class metro rail car manufacturers," said Mr. Tianfu Yang, Chairman and CEO of Harbin Electric.

Mr. Yang continued, "With the inherent technological and economical advantages, LM propulsion technology has become more popular than ever for the construction of metro transit systems. Many cities around the world are now turning to this mass transit technology instead of more conventional rotary motor propelled metro systems. China is accelerating the build up of its urban mass transportation infrastructure with the launch of the high speed LM driving metro train system in response to the need for rapid, efficient and cost-effective urban transportation. According to People's Daily, China has approved plans to build subways in 22 cities for a total investment of RMB 882 billion (~US$129 billion). Eleven cities in China currently have subways covering a total of 835.5 km. In the next five years, China will have another 89 subways totaling 2,500 km for an investment of RMB 993 billion (~US$145 billion).

Guangzhou's metro line 4 and 5 have adopted the LM propelled train and so did the Beijing Capital International Airport Link. However these metro lines currently rely on equipment provided by foreign manufacturers. These made-in-China core technologies including LM propulsion technology are expected to reduce cost to about half of the cost of imported trains and will create substantial economic and social benefits throughout the country."

Mr. Yang concluded, "The next step for this project is to produce a four-car train set for the Beijing Capital International Airport Link according to the specific technical requirements for this transit system. We expect that it will take a few months to deliver the first four-car train set. Once the test run for the first four-car train is complete and all technical parameters are satisfactory, we will scale up production to supply the LM propulsion system to CRC and meet the demand for the Beijing Capital International Airport Link. We are confident that 2010 will be another solid year for Harbin Electric, a year that further capitalizes on our vision and business diversification and generates increased shareholder value."

About Harbin Electric, Inc.
Harbin Electric, headquartered in Harbin, China, is a leading developer and manufacturer of a wide array of electric motors with a focus on innovative, customized and value-added products. Its major product lines include industrial rotary motors, linear motors, and specialty micro-motors. The Company's products are purchased by a broad range of domestic and international customers, including those involved in energy industry, factory automation, food processing, packaging, transportation, automobile, medical devices, machinery and tool manufacturing, chemical, petrochemical, as well as in the metallurgical and mining industries. With a recent acquisition of industrial rotary motor business, the Company operates four manufacturing facilities in China located in Xi'an, Weihai, Harbin and Shanghai.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:58 AM   #7
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I'd be happy with a cross country bullet train.
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You'll never see anything like that as a production vehicle on American roads or rails.
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Linear motors have a lot of potential.
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You can tell these guys never even considered having a conversation with the intended audience.

Cannot back up directly into loading bay == concept dead on arrival.
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