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Senior Consultant, Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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In July of last year I posted an update on California’s various rail projects, including our High-Speed Rail (HSR, under construction, first segment is planned to be operational before 2030), and the Northern California and Southern California commuter rail systems that are planned to connect to the HSR.

The one word title of this post is an abbreviation for Hydrogen Rail, and I found much information about this subject for this post.

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Jim Stack on Mar 17, 2022

Not good. The hyper loop is much safer and efficient. Hydrogen is not very good. It is always 10 years away to be true green and available. 

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John Benson on Mar 17, 2022

Hi Jim, Thanks for the comment.

Hyper - loop doesn't exist. Hydrail does. 

But the real question is: will hydrail be the best choice (economically) in 5 to 10 years? I've been tracking the price of fuel cells and electrolyzers for several years. These have been coming down in price at a reasonable pace. I believe they will be the best fit for a limited number of applications within a decade, and hydrail is one of these.


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