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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-10-0060
Project Name:   Green Energy-Powered Dirigible Transportation
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  September 30, 2010
End Date:  September 30, 2012
Contact Information
Last Name:  Lee
First Name:  Kunik
Telephone:  202-493-3491
E-mail:  kunik.lee@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Operations Research and Development
Team:   Trans Enabling Technologies Team [HRDO-10]
Program:   Exploratory Advanced Research
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Congestion
Project Description:   The project isĀ an 18-month feasibility study of key elements of a transportation system to reduce truck and other vehicle use of highways, using an airship approach while utilizing only "green" energy sources, especially microwave-beamed power transmission to the vehicle.
Goals:   The key project objective is to explore the feasibility of developing airships for transportation of goods, and potentially human beings, using high-performance photovoltaic, thermoelectric, and microwave beamed energy for power.
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Lab and demonstration.
Expected Benefits:   The expected benefit is a three-dimensional transportation system.
Deliverables: Name: Airship
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: The product is an experimental airship with a solar cell and rectenna (rectifying antenna) system.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms:   Airships
Energy Resources
Solar Cells
FHWA Disciplines:   Air Quality
Pavement and Materials
Subject Areas:   Energy


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