Is Hyperloop headed for India?
Someone may just be bold enough to take on Elon Musk’s revolutionary Hyperloop concept — and the supersonic train is going to take some serious work.
On paper, it sounds like quite the engineering challenge: Hyperloop’s capsules are propelled by air at speeds of up to 700 mph along a magnetic track. The capsules can travel at such breathtakingly high speeds because it’s effectively levitating between air cushions — what could go wrong?
India’s Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, is willing to find out. And he has offered up Pune as a testing ground.
A Generous Offer
To date, Musk has had something of a difficult time securing land on which to trial his supersonic train. On a recent visit to the US, Gadkari said he made a proposal to SpaceX, Hyperloop’s parent company.
“I just offered them ... they want some road for experimental purpose. I offered them the westerly bypass of Pune connected to the Express Highway,” Gadkari said. The idea is they can take an experiment between Mumbai and Pune as a pilot project.”
Devendra Fadnavis, the Minister of Maharashtra, the state where the trial could take place, confirmed that there have been discussions in government about making a formal proposal to Hyperloop. However, it is said that he asked the company to develop the product before carrying out tests in India.
It would appear as though it’s entirely down to Musk and co. to decide whether or not India will be the training ground for Hyperloop.
'”It is up to [SpaceX] to decide whether or not to accept my offer,” Gadkari said.
If the company does decided to make Pune part of its plans, the Transport Minister says the technology could enable people to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur in just 35 minutes. The same trip takes almost 14 hours by traditional train.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.