Solar and hydrogen fueled railway project envisioned for Michigan
Eco Factor: Trains powered by renewable energy.
Taking renewable energy systems to a new level, the Interstate Traveler Company LLC is envisioning an outrageous railway system from Detroit to Lansing, Michigan, which will be powered by solar energy and hydrogen. The trains will use maglev power and the project is set to cost at the rate of around $15 million per mile.
The trains will be known as Hyrail or Hydrail, and will use maglev power upon stainless steel tracks to accelerate up to 200 mph on clean energy. The Interstate Traveler LLC intends to get financing from the private sector, but will split the profits 50-50 with the state and the local communities. The rail train will not only carry passengers, but will also be carrying freight, including liquid and vapor-based fuels. If approved by the state the project could start as early as 2010.
The Dark Side:
Considering the cost, the project seems too extravagant, which will have an effect on the freight and transportation charges which end users will have to pay. Moreover, constructing such a system would not be as ecofriendly as the trains are.