Australian company Fortescue is working on a new project called the Infinity Train, or Infinite Train, which is charged by gravity instead of fuel. Fortescue, in partnership with WAE, has allocated $ 50 million to research the project. The project will be managed by Fortescue Future Industries (FFI).
According to Fararu, the Infiniti train uses gravity instead of fuel to generate propulsion, which reduces pollution to zero. The regenerative battery electric train project is the first global development.
“Apart from the environmental benefits for the heavy industry sector, this project will also provide an opportunity for the commercialization of technology on a global scale,” said Andrew Forrest, President of FFI. In addition to reducing operating costs, the Infiniti train also provides maintenance efficiency and productivity opportunities. Infiniti is a pioneering technology whose value will lead to global distribution. “We have the opportunity not only to reduce our operating costs and eliminate the cost of diesel, but also to eliminate carbon emissions from our rail system.”
“The Infiniti train has the capacity to be the most efficient battery-powered electric locomotive in the world,” said Elizabeth Gains, CEO of Fortescue. “Electricity reconstruction on the slopes eliminates the need to install renewable energy and rechargeable infrastructure, making it an efficient solution for removing diesel and emitting greenhouse gases from our rail operations.” There are currently 54 operational locomotives and 16 trains in the mining company’s rail fleet. For each train complex, 34,404 tons of iron ore can be transported by 244 mining wagons.
Fortescu bought WAE for a final price of more than $ 300 million. This investment will help Fortescio reach its net zero target for emissions in zones one and two by 2030. The contract with the Williams Formula 1 team was announced in January, but a few days ago it was announced that WAE would remain a fully independent company. WAE CEO Craig Wilson said he was looking forward to working with Fortescue and the FFI.
“High-performance batteries and power systems are at the core of what we do, and now that we are part of the Fortescue family, there will be an exciting opportunity to develop new technologies,” said Mr Wilson. Last month, Rio Tinto and BHP announced the purchase of locomotives with batteries equipped with a battery charging system. However, this is not enough to fully charge the batteries and will require a traditional charge to complete the charge.
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