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20 June

Solar Powered Maglev/Evacuated Tube Transport For Our Magical Planet Earth

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Wow, we are surely living in a magical time! Another form of upcoming mass transport is based on the magical Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) with upgrade.   It is a transport method that uses magnetic levitation to move vehicles without touching the ground. A vehicle would travel along a guideway using magnets to create both lift and propulsion, thereby reducing friction and allowing higher speed. Here is a TED Talk that demonstrates this concept, below:


Of  course, such a magical technology would have many potential applications;for example: the Shanghai Maglev Train, also known as the Transrapid, is the fastest commercial train currently in operation and has a top speed of 430 km/h (270 mph) (and once reached 311 mph or 501 km/h in a pre-launch test). The line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong, Shanghai. It covers a distance of 30.5 kilometres in 8 minutes.

Maglev Train coming out of Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China

Maglev Train coming out of Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China

Maglev trains move more smoothly and more quietly than wheeled mass transit systems. They are relatively unaffected by weather. The power needed for levitation is typically not a large percentage of its overall energy consumption; most goes to overcome drag, as with other high-speed transport. Maglev trains hold the speed record for rail transport. Vacuum tube train systems might allow maglev trains to attain still higher speeds, though no such vacuum tubes have been built commercially yet.

Compared to conventional (normal) trains, differences in construction affect the economics of maglev trains, making them much more efficient. For high-speed trains with wheels, wear and tear from friction along with the “hammer effect” from wheels on rails accelerates equipment wear and prevents high speeds. Conversely, maglev systems have been much more expensive to construct, offsetting lower maintenance costs. Despite decades of research and development, only two commercial maglev transport systems are in operation, with two others under construction. In April 2004, Shanghai’s Transrapid system began commercial operations. In March 2005, Japan began operation of its relatively low-speed HSST “Linimo” line in time for the 2005 World Expo.

Linimo approaching Banpaku Kinen Loen towards Fujigaoka Station (attrib: Chris 73)

Linimo approaching Banpaku Kinen Loen towards Fujigaoka Station (attrib: Chris 73)

In its first three months, the Linimo line carried over 10 million passengers. South Korea and the People’s Republic of China are both building low-speed maglev routes of their own designs, one in Beijing and the other at Seoul’s Incheon Airport. Many maglev projects are controversial, and the technological potential, adoption prospects and economics of maglev systems are often debated.

Even though no commercial vacuum tube train systems have been built yet, scientists at Southwest Jiaotong University in China have reportedly built a maglev train that could reach 1,800 mph (2,900 km/h). A vacuum is used to minimize air resistance, according to The Daily Mail.Dr. Deng Zigang, the project leader, claims such vacuum tube train systems could be used for military or space launch systems. At the high speed of maglev train system, air resistance becomes a serious issue.  Dr. Deng Zigang writes in his paper, “If the running speed exceeds 400 km (250 miles) per hour, more than 83% of traction energy will dissipate wastefully in air resistance.” A maglev train running in a vacuum would increase its potential top speed and improve its efficiency level. If such a theoretical evacuated tube transport (this concept had been around for over 100 years now) may be successfully designed and built,  people potentially will be able to travel between New York and Beijing in 2 hours!

 

Evacuated Tube Transport model of Southwest Jiaotong University of China (credit: Imagechina)

Evacuated Tube Transport model of Southwest Jiaotong University of China (credit: Imagechina)

Evacuated Tube Transport model of Southwest Jiaotong University of China (credit: Imagechina)

Evacuated Tube Transport model of Southwest Jiaotong University of China (credit: Imagechina)

 

 

 

In one of our previous posts we have also discussed a similar concept, Hyperloop, by Elon Musk, with the added feature of being solar powered and reaching top speed of 760 mph (1,220 km/h).


The beauty of universal collaboration through open-source is such that information in free-flow form, would enable much to be synthesized, exchanged, and edified quickly. Now the scientists and  engineers at Netherland have also taken on the challenge and incorporated the concepts of maglev, evacuated tube, and solar power, working on the Netherland’s Quantum Train (quantum-locking or quantum-levitation). Quantum Train is essentially the solar-powered evacuated tube transport that will be CHEAP, SAFE, FAST, SUSTAINALBE, and GREEN. The future of Quantum Levitation will enable 2 mm thick 3″ diamter superconducting material to carry  approximately 1000 Kg (a small car). The future will be magical ! Many top notched scientists and engineers are working on this at the moment in multiple countries and we are looking forward to the day when Solar Powered Quantum Evacuated Tube Transport/Maglev Train will be transporting us near 1,800 mph on every continent….perhaps even one day transporting us from one continent to another continent in this magical transport system.The world is getting smaller. I am very thankful that we are living in such a magical and collaborative world, full of wonderful scientists and engineers with visions and willingness to collaborate.

Here is another video on future transportation technology:

*If you want to find out more updates or to support the research and development of this technology, please feel free to check with Dr. Deng Zigang and/or Dr. Yaoping Zhang of Southwest Jiaotong University of China or go to: www.Quantumtrain.com for Netherland’s progress in working with this magical solar powered evacuated tube/maglev transport. Please feel free to contact me at: sunisthefuture@gmail.com if you know of any other groups/organizations that is/are currently working on this project and would also like to be mentioned/added into this post.

Other related topics:

1. Hyperlooop

2. ET3 Global Alliance

3. Vactrain (or vacuum tube train)

4. Transatlantic tunnel

5. An Express of the Future by Jules Verne

6. A Brief History of the Pneumatic Tube Transport System That Never Were

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24 March

Hanergy Charging Toward The Solar Electric Future!

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Harmonious Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Harmonious & Collaborative Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)


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The aggresive Chinese NEA in the previous post has inspired me to have a closer look at some of the current Chinese effort toward solar energy.  Interestingly,  some new development regarding Hanergy Holding getting ready to launch five models of solar-powered cars in October this year got my attention, for I’ve had a history of covering the solar car events since 2011.

Hanergy is a privately held Chinese multinational renewable energy company founded in 1994 by Li Hejun  (its current chairman and CEO). Its headquarter is in Beijing. It is active in solar, wind and hydropower generation and is one of the world’s largest thin-film solar power company. Hanergy was ranked No. 23 in the 2014 list of 50 Smartest Companies by MIT Technology Review, noting “the Chinese energy company is snapping up advanced solar technologies at fire-sale prices.”

As the market share of thin film photovoltaic panels is expected to decline each year to 2017, according to one of the NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, it is not surprising that Hanergy has been further exploring and expanding into other clean energy territories such as auto sector.  Considering the fact that transportation vehicle is one of the main contributing factors for CO2 emission and particulates pollution any where on planet earth, Hanergy Holding is likely to continue to have tremendous impact toward cleaning our earthly environment in the future.

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Hanergy was on the top of Tesla‘s list of collaborators for the first PV Supercharger station in China. Two solar PV charging systems designed and manufactured by Hanergy Solar Group (at Tesla’s request), were showcased in April, 2014, by Tesla. Finally, some body has taken up on Elon Musk’s offer of Tesla’s patents for free! Plans for Tesla’s supercharger network in China will continue to roll out in large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Tesla’s founder Elon Musk said: “In the future, Tesla will work with partners to build supercharger network. The first charging station in Beijing was built in cooperation with Hanergy Solar Group. Tesla will continue to invest in the construction of superchargers in China, aiming to quickly expand the network.” Elon Musk also noted that large investments will be brought into China for the building of seven Supercharger networks.

The two solar PV charging systems showcased were somewhat different, as indicated in the press release at the time, below (in italics):

The Beijing carport, a mobile carport designed to be assembled and transported, adopts Hanergy’s GSE flexible thin-film solar modules. The Shanghai carport will be a fixed structure, and adopts Hanergy’s MiaSole CIGS high-efficiency modules. The first phase of both carports has been completed.

The PV charging system by Hanergy Solar Group protects vehicles like ordinary carports, while (at the same time) converting sunlight into electricity (via) its solar rooftop. At the same time, the system charges the electric vehicle through its energy storage system. The system uses the CIGS thin-film PV technology, the most advanced in the world. With conversion rates peaking at 20.5%, this technology offers light weight, flexibility, excellent low-light performance and advanced packaging. More importantly, no fixed column is required, which significantly reduces the cost.

Vice President of Hanergy Global Solar Power and Application Group, Ms. Zhang Qingliang, stated: “Hanergy has been actively exploring ways to utilize its thin-film photovoltaic technology to provide solutions through technological innovation and cross industrial integration. We have been working with multiple domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers to integrate solar, and is also researching on energy storage, photovoltaic car roof and other solar-automobile applications.”

As Hanergy continues working with three domestic and two foreign companies on solar powered cars, it will be interesting for us to keep our eyes on what 5-models of solar cars that will be unveiled in October of 2015.  With an earthly population of over one billion people, China will provide a huge potential market for future solar cars. The collaboration between Hanergy and Tesla in solar electric cars and supercharging stations will bring forth not only the vehicle of Solar Energy Age, Cleaner Environment, but an important appreciation for multinational collaboration.  This is truly the kind of success through Harmonious Collaboration that our planet needs more of on our way toward a brighter, healthier, and better world.

P.S. The English edition of China’s New Energy Revolution by renewable energy advocate and Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun is now available for purchase in bookstores across the U.S. as well as in e-book format.

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28 December

Hanwha SolarOne Brings Light to Children in Need

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When I was going through my end-of-the-year check on emails, I came across this wonderful press release from month of December in 2013, shared below:

Hanwha SolarOne announced the completion of a 30 kW solar PV system at the Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School in Wufeng County, Hubei province. This project marks an important milestone in Hanwha’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ campaign, in which the company has donated PV equipment to welfare and childcare centers across Korea as well as the Osterbek School in Hamburg, Germany and Taneichi kindergarten in Hirono-cho, Japan.

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Hanwha SolarOne Brings Light to Chinese Children in Need

New 30kW Solar PV System Successfully Installed at Hope School

Shanghai, Hubei, China, December 17, 2013 Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (the “Company,” or “Hanwha SolarOne”), a top-10 global photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer of high-quality, cost-competitive solar modules  today announced the completed installation of a 30 kW solar PV system, which will provide continuous power support toYuyangguan Town Hope Primary School in Wufeng County, Hubei province. The completion of this project marks an important milestone in Hanwha SolarOne parent company Hanwha Group’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ campaign. Held in partnership with the China Youth Development Foundation, ‘Happy Sunshine’ aims to improve the operational conditions of local schools while teaching students the value of renewable energy and sustainable development. In attendance during the installation completion ceremony was Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation.
Here is a video representing Hanwha SolarOne’s philosophy:


In addition to designing and installing the 30 kW distributed rooftop PV system for Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School, Hanwha SolarOne will provide comprehensive operation and maintenance training to ensure its optimal use. The system will yield an estimated 32,000 kW of clean solar energy every year.

“We are excited to donate and install PV equipment for a Hope School. More than that, we are honored to brighten the lives of these children and bring them new hope through new energy,” said Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters during the ceremony. “As a responsible corporate citizen, Hanwha will continue to bring benefit to the communities we serve and partner with organizations who share our commitment to creating a brighter future.”

Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation added, “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from Hanwha Group and Hanwha SolarOne. With Hanwha SolarOne’s advanced technology and beneficial training, we believe that this system will be an effective source of sustainable and reliable energy for Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School.”

“We are extremely honored to play a meaningful role in this event,” said Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne. “Completing the installation of this 30kW Solar PV System at the Hope School marks one of our most significant achievements in corporate social responsibility this year.”

Hanwha SolarOne is committed to contributing to both social and business growth in China. In addition to completing the installation of this 30kW Solar PV System through the ‘Happy Sunshine’ project, the company recently formed a key alliance with Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co., Ltd and supplied 50 MW to one of China’s largest state-owned power companies, China Huaneng Group.

Since Hanwha Group’s ‘Happy Sunshine’ began in 2011, it has donated PV equipment to welfare and childcare centers across Korea as well as the Osterbek School in Hamburg, Germany and Taneichi kindergarten in Hirono-cho, Japan to give more children light for their studies.

The Hanwha SolarOne rooftop PV system and guests in attendance at the installation completion ceremony. From the left: Mr. Li Chang Jie, Deputy County Executive of Wufeng County; Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Vice General Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Zhang Qun Bo, Principle of Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters. (Credit: Hanwha SolarOne)

Guests in attendance at the installation completion ceremony with the children from the Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School. From the left: Ms. Zhang Ting Yu, Vice President of Wufeng County People’s Political Consultative Committee; Mr. Li Chang Jie, Deputy County Executive of Wufeng County; Mr. Zhang Qun Bo, Principle of Yuyangguan Town Hope Primary School; Mr. Zhang Yi,  Secretary General  of the Hubei Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Yang Chun Lei, Deputy Secretary of the China Youth Development Foundation; Mr. Keum Choon-Soo, President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Song Jeong Hoon, Vice President of Hanwha Group China Headquarters; Mr. Guo Qi, Vice President of Hanwha SolarOne; and Mr. Li Gang, Head of Community Culture Department of the China Youth Development Foundation.(Credit: Hanwha SolarOne)

About Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea with 52 domestic affiliates and 90 global network partners in three major sectors: Manufacturing and Construction, Finance, and Services and Leisure. With a 60-year track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s Manufacturing and Construction businesses encompass basic chemicals, advanced materials, property development, green energy and total solar energy solutions. The Finance network, covering banking, insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank finance group in South Korea. The Services and Leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services and retail and resort businesses. For more information, visit www.hanwha.com.

About Hanwha SolarOne

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HSOL) is one of the top 10 photovoltaic module manufacturers in the world, providing cost-competitive, high quality PV modules. It is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, one of the largest business enterprises in South Korea. Hanwha SolarOne serves the utility, commercial, government and residential markets through a growing network of third-party distributors, OEM manufacturers and system integrators. The company maintains a strong presence worldwide, with a global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. As a responsible company committed to sustainability, Hanwha SolarOne is an active member of the PV Cycle take-back and recycling program. For more information, please visit: www.hanwha-solarone.com.

Contact person for this press release: Angela Wong Edelman, 201 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94401, Angela.wong@edelman.com, 650-762-2800

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We need more happy news such as this! Great for Hanwha!

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7 February

President & CEO of SEPA, Julia Hamm, Shed Some Light For Our Solar Future

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Today I want to share an interview with you, of Julia Hamm, President and CEO of SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association), at Pennsylvania Convention Center of Phildadelphia, PA, on Thursday, February 7, 2013, below:

During the interview, President Hamm re-emphasized the importance of collaboration between utility companies and consumers during this time of transition. She’s been with SEPA since 1992 when the organization was Utility Photovoltaic Group (renamed as SEPA in 2000), left and rejoined the organization in 2004. The focus of SEPA has been to help the traditional utility sector to integrate more solar into their energy portfolio through education, research, programs and projects that enable better understanding and learning of mutual experience from various utility companies. The emphasis is in creating a bridge between the utility companies and solar industry. SEPA has been instrumental in bringing various US utility companies abroad, since 2008, to learn how utility companies have been able to adapt to greater solar penetration in other countries such as Germany, Spain, Japan, and Italy. SEPA and SEIA co-own SPI (Solar Power International, ) and recently SPI formed an alliance with Solar Expo show (SES, May 8-10, 2013 in Milan, Italy) and Shanghai New Energy Conference (SNEC PV Power Expo, May 14-16, 2013, Shanghai, China). These three largest solar trade shows (SPI, SES, SNEC) in the world come together to form the Global Solar Alliance and will be hosting the Global Solar Summit in the coming Spring in Milan, Italy, to provide better exchange of information and communications among utility companies internationally.

Julia Hamm foresees continued growth of solar industry and greater use/adoption of solar by consumers;this will translate into need for future change in regulatory structures in order to fulfill the need of consumers and utility companies. Such change in regulatory structure will be occurring on state by state basis. With distributed PV (and other sources) quickly being adopted by consumers, utility companies now realize the need for changing the nature of the grid. Time and collaboration are the keys. It would appear that better chance of success in bringing about any regulatory improvement/changes that will benefit both consumers and utility companies is through collaboration.  So, it’s time for all parties involved to sit down at the round table and work out the details collaboratively, for our mutual benefit.
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