World’s First Infinity Train will use Gravitational Energy to recharge its batteries

By: | March 8th, 2022

Image courtesy: Fortescue Metals Group

In a global effort to develop technologies to curb carbon emissions and halt climate change, two major firms have joined hands.

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE), which was recently acquitted by Australian mining giant Fortescue will develop the world’s first zero-emission ‘Infinity-Train’. The plan is to design a massive train to transport iron ore for use in Australia.

WAE is a U.K.-based engineering and battery manufacturing company that was spun out of the Williams F1 team. The Iron ore mining giant Fortescue acquired WAE to utilize its F1-inspired technology to help reach net-zero emissions by 2030.

So, what exactly is an Infinity Train?

The zero-emissions battery-electric vehicle will use gravitational energy to recharge its batteries. The train will use the gravitational energy created on the downhill sections of the track to recharge its battery power systems. There won’t be any need for additional charging on the return trip.

“The Infinity Train has the capacity to be the world’s most efficient battery-electric locomotive,” said Fortescue CEO Elizabeth Gaines. “The regeneration of electricity on the downhill loaded sections will remove the need for the installation of renewable energy generation and recharging infrastructure, making it a capital-efficient solution for eliminating diesel and emissions from our rail operations.

The Infinity Train won’t require any charging infrastructure and will also Fortescue remove diesel and pollutants from its rail operations.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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