PHOTO CAPTION: Early conceptual illustration of H2RSH high-speed rail 'highway'

Hydrogen Hi-Speed Rail Super Highway Feasibility to be Studied in Indonesia

357 km-long project would cost estimated US$3 billion and involves consortium of 15 US and Indonesian firms.

Published: 08-Jan-2010

Indonesia could have an environmentally friendly, high speed train called a hydrogen hi-speed rail super highway (H2RSH) as early as 2012 if a three-month study confirms its technical and financial feasibility, claims a firm.

As many as 15 firms from the US and Indonesia could help develop a US$3 billion project that would run for 357 kilometers and connect the capital to several cities in West Java, subject to a 90-day feasibility study, according to the Malaysian firm Caedz, LLC, a leading member of the potential consortium.

The 15 firms which could become involved include Aon Risk Service Inc, Aqua-PhyD Inc, Aruna Solutions, Asian Energy Limited, Tricap Group, Copernicus International, eCompass Group, Fidelity National Financial, Global Green Management, McGladry & Pullen, Modular Integrated Technologies, Obermeyer Planen+Beraten, Pembinaan Aktif Gemilang, The Interstate Traveller Company, and Tum Geotechnical Research.


Italy pioneered some of Europe's first high-speed rail lines.

New high-speed rail lines all over Europe are giving airlines serious competition.

SNCF TGV high-speed train in France.

French experience has shown that high-speed rail operates most effectively between large cities that are around 1,000 to 1,500 kilometers (600 to 930 miles) apart.

Illustration of what solar-powered bullet train might look like, courtesy of Raymond Wright.

The train would require 110 megawatts of electricity and would operate with solar power generated from overhead panels.


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