Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Super Capacitors in Transit

New technology is gaining ground really fast. A promising development in energy storage is the nanoflower supercapacitor. The reason why its so important is that if perfected, it would be possible for light rail lines to gain more power through regenerative breaking and burst through intersections or short stretches of track without connecting to overhead wires.


Chris said...

It won't make light rail cars into perpetual motion machines, but if you designed a system with locomotives that had this type of technology, you could save a bundle on infrastructure for a costly intersection.

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Yeah. I don't think it would be useful for the whole line. But there are definitely areas like intersections where you can save a lot of dough on crossing wires.