FSEC to Support Solar-Powered Monorail System Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Sky Train Corporation (STC) and the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at the University of Central Florida a $100,000 renewable energy collaborative grant. The grant’s primary focus is to fund the development an innovative solar interface to power a next-generation high-speed monorail that will be 80 percent more efficient than rubber-tired monorails in the U.S.

A more sustainable form of transportation, the new monorail is designed to move both people and freight high above traffic congestion. In addition to its solar component, the monorail will use lighter aviation materials to reduce energy use.

“Innovations such as this will contribute to a sustainable energy future and provide a fast, safe, practical and socially responsible mode of transportation for people and freight while reducing the environmental impact of transportation,” said Karl Guenther, CEO of STC and the grant’s primary investigator.

William Young, Jr., a senior research engineer at FSEC, is working closely with Guenther and a team of accomplished engineers, including Francis Knize, Co-PI and Dan Simpson of STC, Douglas Tobin of ARC International, Hector Guevara of Nu Dimensions Group, George Taylor of Largo Railroad, and Jan Zicha of Zicha Engineering.

This team is developing innovative alternative transit technology that will evaluate the use of a proprietary transverter and other energy devices. A mini charging station will be constructed for evaluating this new hardware. The partnership will demonstrate transferring energy, from the source to the monorail, faster than existing technology. STC has been researching to build the most technologically advanced transportation system for fourteen years, with 63 claims patented.

The system will be built as a demonstration model to showcase the nation’s leadership and dedication to energy-efficient public transportation. This DOE grant is the first of many that will further a planned life-size demonstration to be executed within three years.

The results of this research grant will be used to develop a future monorail system that will transport visitors throughout the 74 acres of the Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Fla., and once funding is obtained, plans to connect the system to Busch Gardens and the University of South Florida.

Additional information may be found a www.stc-in.com.

6 thoughts on “FSEC to Support Solar-Powered Monorail System Development

  • November 26, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    This past year Americans have watched, with anguish, as our country seemingly fell apart before our very eyes. Everyone knows we are in deep despair but no one seems to be able to agree on what to do about it. So focus and blame has been given to the mortgage crisis high cost of fuel and it’s part on the downward spiral of our economy somehow got lost in the big picture. That matter alone caused serious damage to our economy and society. Most families broke the budget at the pump alone. Consumer goods in every capacity from production to shipping passed the increased costs on to us. (and most products now cost more and come in smaller packages) Electric companies sought and were granted huge price increases. We cut back, quit going out to eat as much or at all, quit spending on frills and even necessities, that sadly resulted in even more jobs being lost. It has been a real catch-22 in the economy. Record numbers of jobs and homes are being lost still. Unemployment is climbing every day. While most of the public seem to be doing the happy dance around the lower prices at the pumps, and reporters are reporting the happy dance, little is being reported about OPEC’s plans to keep cutting production, and they will until they get prices back up where they want them to be. The average family is so far behind they will never get caught up. Jeff Wilson has an interesting book just out called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence NOW. http://www.themanhattanprojectof2009.com It examines every facet of our dependence on foreign oil, it’s depletion and what alternative energy sources can be used to take the place of oil. He even outlines essential legislation America needs to put into place to support our energy independence. This book is profoundly informative! Every member our government needs to read this book along with our school children. I think we are going about this whole thing wrong. We keep spending billions on bailouts and stimulus checks. Why not invest in alternative energy, creating improved grids and infrastructures, and creating millions of badly needed new green collar jobs? The last stimulus package cost us 168 BILLION and did NOTHING to stimulate our economy. That would have gone a long way toward starting up alternative energy projects and creating new jobs.
    Check out what they are doing in California. This is so exciting for those who realize the importance of seeing out country transform away from fossil fuels and to cleaner, cheaper electric cars. I read about this concept in Wilson’s book but quite frankly thought such things were a bit futuristic. I was thrilled and surprised to see the things he outlined in the plans for energy independence in his book already beginning to take place. Better Place web site has news on their projects, a place to sign a petition to have similar projects come to your area and other ways to become involved http://www.betterplace.com/ It is indeed exciting to be living in this historical time of seeing America begin it’s journey on the road to energy independence!

  • December 17, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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  • January 11, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    This is a very interesting concept but it seems that public transportation never gets enough dollars to really take off. I would love to this country develop much more efficient and wide-spread use of devices such as this monorail. Thanks for the information.

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