The race to decarbonize all industries is still on.
Australian mining company Fortescue and Fortescue Future Industries, which has received U.K.-based Williams Advanced Engineering, are becoming a member of forces to develop the world’s first Infinity Train: a battery-electric automobile designed to transport loads of iron ore without ever wanting to be charged.
How does it work?
The train will use the gravitational energy created at the downhill loaded sections of the iron or giant’s rail network to recharge its battery power systems, getting rid of the want for additional charging at the return trip to reload.
“The Infinity Train has the capability to be the world’s most efficient battery electric locomotive,” stated Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines. “The regeneration of electricity at the downhill loaded sections will eliminate the want for the installation of renewable energy generation and recharging infrastructure, making it a capital efficient answer for getting rid of diesel and emissions from our rail operations.”
The Infinity Train will remove the requirement for renewable energy generation and charging infrastructure. Consistent with Gaines, this may make it a capital-efficient answer for eliminating diesel and pollutants from Fortescue’s rail operations.
On the road to net-zero
The companies will maintain collaborating to fight against climate change by developing new, greener technology by focusing on high-performance battery and electrification systems. After all, high-performance battery and electricity systems are crucial to their operations. Fortescue has additionally formerly said that it intends to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.
“The Infinity Train will not just accelerate Fortescue’s race to attain net-zero emissions by 2030, however additionally decrease our operating costs, create maintenance efficiencies and productivity opportunities,” stated Dr. Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Founder and Chairman.
When it’s completed, the Infinity Train will be a part of Fortescue’s green fleet, which is additionally in the works at the moment with hydrogen fuel cell mining vehicles and ammonia-fueled trains. The company even collaborating with MMA Offshore to convert a 246-feet vessel, the “MMA Leveque”, in order that it can run nearly completely on green ammonia by 2022.
Details are scarce on the moment, and just time will tell whether or not this wonderful solution can be limited to a single use case or may be scaled up to a bigger market.