TAG: Trains

Gardens in Motion


Joe Baldwin has conceived of a project that would see nature installed within train cars, allowing passengers to enjoy their own personal gardens whilst they travel. It comes as part of his Open-Air Public Transportation project. Baldwin, a graduate of UIC Art & Design, considers himself an artist of new media. The ‘new’ here referring not always to the materials used but new in concept. The plants are themselves from a sophisticated lineage, however, they are continually growing in new blooms, and thus, display a fresh perception of materials stemming from a primitive age. The Open-Air Public Transport project was… read more

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

Japanese MagLev Train Hits 310 MPH

The future of rail transportation, at least in Japan, is a levitating train capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300 miles per hour. The most recent trial of the fastest maglev train in the world, the L-Zero, on a 26-mile test track in Japan, demonstrated its ability to double the speed that current “bullet trains” can achieve. The L-Zero, which uses magnetic levitation technology to float just above the tracks, thereby reducing friction and increasing potential speeds, is the latest in a series of designs aimed to be put into use between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027. The 286… read more

Indian Railways Developing Solar-Powered Air Conditioning

Indian Railways to use Solar-Powered Air Conditioning

Solar power may eventually be used to power air conditioned coaches on railways in India, potentially cutting down on the use of fossil fuels to cool down the passengers. A new project from Integral Coach Factory and Indian Institute of Technology Madras will work to design a viable substitute for powering the air conditioning on passenger trains, some of which currently use an additional “power” car to provide energy for the AC systems. “We have asked IIT Madras to find ways to tap solar power and use it for interior lighting and air conditioning. An MoU was signed a month… read more

Using Trains and Gravity for Energy Storage


Grid scale energy systems, especially those with renewable energy inputs, need storage. They need better and cleaner and more efficient storage solutions, and one company believes the answer lies in electric trains and gravity. The most common way to store energy on a grid scale is through using “pumped” hydropower, where the off-peak energy is stored as water pumped to a higher elevation, which can then be released to produce electricity as gravity pulls it down to a lower elevation again. Pumped hydro is effective, but it has a number of drawbacks, mostly in the difficulty of finding the right… read more