Florida High Speed Rail TDWG Application

Each pair of train-specific vertical support poles will hold a total of four TDWG assemblies. These poles will be separated by approximately 60 feet and, using this separation figure, could support 88 x 4, or 352 rail-specific TDWG units per mile. Adding an equal number of TDWGs that harvest energy from trucks would double this figure to 704 units. In the 80+ miles of the proposed Orlando-Tampa HS Rail route, this would yield at least 56,320 TDWG units, with virtually no extra funds required for special TDWG railway-specific mounting structures. Regarding safety, because the TDWG rotors are made of plastic, any collision with the train, however unlikely, would cause them to dissipate their energy harmlessly.

Ground Level View of Trains in Median

Plan View of Trains in Median
WindAge Proposed Florida High Speed Rail Configuration with TDWGs IncludedWindAge Proposed Florida High Speed Rail Configuration with TDWGs Included

The vertical poles that support the electrical contact apparatus for the proposed high-speed electric trains make convenient mountings for the TDWG assemblies. Two can be mounted on each pole, and the energy produced can go to the grid or it can be sent to a battery bank and then inverted to power the train itself. When no train is passing, the TDWGS will capture the ambient wind from any direction, and this nominal motion will aid rapid acceleration and significant output increases when the train does pass.

Hybrid System of Trucks and Trains Producing ElectricityThe span that holds the TDWGS for capturing truck traffic electricity can tie-in with the tops of the vertical poles that support the train charging apparatus. This tie-in will yield a much stronger support structure, as well as enable conduits for generator output electrical cables to be laid in a variety of directions. Power produced by the trucks can feed the trains, it can provide electricity for electric and fuel cell cars, or it can be inverted and sent to the grid. Similarly, power produced from air being displaced by the trains can go to car rest stop recharging, or be inverted and used to power the train itself, or go to the local grid. The decision to reject the gas turbine powered train initially proposed was an attempt to minimize the use of fossil fuels. The TDWGs enable further reductions of fossil fuels from power plants by producing clean, renewable energy in an integrated system.