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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Waverail – Energy miser

Rail transport is a big ticket energy item and, with global warming looming, reducing the energy use of suburban transport becomes a must. Waverail’s saving in energy – about 90% acceleration energy saving compared to conventional rail - is one of its most stunning feature and due entirely to the non-stop mode of operation.

Costs correlated to energy use are cost of purchase, cost of processing (motor, drive train, rail wear), and cost of energy destruction (brakes, rail wear, brake pollution). This has to be kept in mind when trying to understand how Waverail, with its many drivers, is profitable.

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