The future of train emissions, what happens after the fossil fuel resources are depleted?
If you have a head for figures and emissions cause you frustration and heartache, the following might just get you to appreciate the effect of the Hydrail. The greenhouse gases produced in the process of generating Hydrogen, which is used as propulsion for the Hydrail, is a miniscule 0.069% of the emissions caused by one gallon of gasoline.
By far, one of the biggest topics of conversation is the Hydrail, and according to Stan Thompson, the US’s Hydrogen Economy Advancement Team Chairman, the Hydrail will be a reality as soon as 2050. Not only is thus deemed as one of the greatest advancements in modern railway technology, it is also believed to have an incredible effect on the transportation system the world over.
Even though the Hydrail seems to be the answer the world seems to be looking for, would its arrival estimate about 35 years from now be soon enough? Already the warning signs are there that an urgent solution to our earth’s natural resources needs to be found, or at least a worthy interim solution. Hydro, electric and diesel trains seem to be getting the much-needed support they deserve, however, what gets the world sitting on the edge of their temporary-solution-chairs, is the effects of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Not only does this stand out at as great alternative where fossil fuels are concerned, the demand is not yet high enough for it to be expensive, and currently it is about 12% the cost of ordinary gas, which would make it a very affordable option for many, including transportation companies, couriers and even the average Joe. Not only is it a cost-effective option, it also reduces carbon and nitrogen emissions by 30% and 70% respectively. So why is everyone not throwing their money into this and insisting on keeping this as a permanent solution?
LNG is not a long term solution as it still emits toxic gases into the air. It is not the easiest fuel to process, and can leave some pretty nasty bi-products. Possibly the most important reason, why this is not a long-term solution, is the fact that it is not a renewable energy source, thus it will eventually reach depletion. Even though the gas itself is cheap compared to other fuels, the actual cost to produce and distribute makes it very expensive to manage. This is partly the reason major companies have not really thrown in their hats with this, is the reward does not seem to be as big as with fossil fuels. The fact that it also does not have a very good fuel consumption ratio, is partly the reason people aren’t going out in droves to get their hands on some LNG.