A team of scientists is developing a train that never needs to stop to refuel or recharge, by providing it with a battery that can be charged by the force of gravity to be a constant source of energy for the train.
With the help of a £38m ($50m) budget, scientists are working on the train’s development, with their task being to create the world’s first ‘infinity train’ powered by gravity, which will then be rolled out onto the rail network later this decade. .
The train will run on an electric battery that will not need to be recharged using traditional charging infrastructure because it will instead harness gravitational energy on the sloped sections of the track.
The scientists pointed out that the friction of the brakes to slow the train will re-generate electricity, which theoretically means that the locomotive could transport loads, goods and people one day without the need to stop.
Some believe that the idea of the work of the developed train, inspired by the sci-fi movie Snowpiercer in 2013, after the apocalypse, in which the earth froze, and the train carrying the survivors must remain in perpetual motion revolving around the world.
The Australian engineering company behind the plan, Fortesco Future Industries, said it would also remove the need to run any diesel trains, noting that it works in the same way as hybrid electric cars.
The company announced the train after its acquisition of UK-based battery company Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which was born out of Williams F1 in 2010.
Together, the two companies will accelerate the transition to green energy, and help the industry reduce carbon emissions to zero by the end of the decade.
“The Infiniti Train will join the Fortesco green fleet under development and contribute to Fortesco becoming a major player in the growing global market for green industrial transportation equipment, providing significant value to our shareholders,” said Dr. Andrew Forrest, Fortesco’s founder and chairman.