The COMPETITION and our COMPETITIVE EDGE
Project D: ENERGY and TRANSPORTATION
MAIN PROJECT: BARGING
This project depends upon the production of marine engines using oxygen, hydrogen or other renewable resource for propulsion.
Construction or acquisition of self-propelled, hi-tech river barges moving environmentally-safe goods efficiently, safely, quietly and competitively from point A to point B, probably located on the River Rhine and covering the route from London to Odessa. The Great Lakes/St Lawrence region and other European river systems might also be considered.
There are three methods of surface transportation for cargo: rail, truck and sea/river. There are three basic types of barges: ocean-going, tug-driven and self-propelled. In the future other types of barge might be considered.
Negotiate with cargo agencies. Negotiate with maritime agency to employ ship's crew - only 2 crew required for a barge.
- The transportation industry is still largely dependent upon the petroleum industry, and consequently high or erratic fuel costs, although some sectors are slowly turning to energy-savings systems.
- Relatively short asset life, requiring more frequent capital expenditure.
- Subject to delays through heavy traffic, accidents or severe weather conditions, thus failing to meet deadlines.
per ton carried
TRUCK 10 yrs 4.1 150 100km 5.01 85%*3 164 AIR 10% RAIL 30 yrs 1.7 500 300km 1.15 3% 48.1 BARGE 50 yrs 1.3 4,000 370km 0.35 1.2% 33.4
*1 Distance that 1 ton can be carried for the same expenditure of energy *2 Combined contributory costs of air pollution, accidents, noise, ground and water pollution *3 All road traffic, not just trucks
Die Deutsche Binnenschiffahrt (German Inland Waterways) Wasser- u. Schiffsfahrtsverwaltung des Bundes
Government Administration of Shipping and Water Traffic)
The River Shuttle Project
Our Competitive Edge:
The fast dependable, safe and economic transportation vessel of the future: immune to most traffic and weather-caused delays, and terrorist attacks (low-profile goods). Barging offers a very high price/performance ratio, highly advantageous usable weight/deadweight ratio, minimal energy requirements, relatively few crew, long-lived assets, and eco-friendly operation (no noise pollution, low CO2 emissions).
Optimal means of transportation. Has almost unlimited potential - can be used where rail or truck cannot cope with the size or weight of the cargo. On average may be slightly slower than rail or truck, but does arrive punctually. Contributes to easing the load on highways and the environment. There are no traffic bottlenecks on the waterways. The only hindrances would be a damaged lock; a collision in a restricted area; or an unusually low water-level. The safety record is unparalleled. Common uses are grain; containers; refrigeration; building materials. We would not carry dangerous goods.
One interesting feature is the environmental contribution: the movement of propellers increases the available oxygen in the water. There is also no noise pollution.
Barges have a useful life of 50 years. Advantages can be obtained by investment today in new high-tech construction, which would ensure us an edge on most of the competition.
SECONDARY PROJECT: ENERGY DEVICES
There are at least THREE forms of effective low-cost, ecologically-friendly energy sources:-
1 PHOTONS currently used to power the Aurora aircraft [Wall Street Journal; Popular
Science] and General Electric's new generation "Advantium" oven
2 PLASMA one small room can meet the electrical requirements of a major city
Also known as 'cold fusion'
3 OXYGEN/HYDROGEN currently used to power motor vehicles and other craft; continuous cycle under investigation (also at government level)
Scientists are currently studying the outcome of changes to the earth's 'heartbeat', which has been constant at 7.8 cycles per second (Hz) for thousands of years. It is steadily rising and is currently at 12.1 Hz. Every 13,000 years, when it reaches 13.0 ('zero or null point'), magnetism stops, the poles reverse, and all electromagnetic devices (including batteries) fail ..... so all investment in electronic or electric devices/systems could be wiped out. Corporations would have to create an emergency fund for the replacement of all such failed devices. The current scientific estimate of this point in time is 12th August 2003.
See "Awakening to Zero Point: The Collective Initiation" by Gregg Braden, who lectures on this subject and has his own website.
Energy saving devices, reducing fuel requirements optimally by 25% or more. Zero-point projects and devices.
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