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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 Safety Research and Development
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:   The product is an experimental airship with a solar cell and rectenna system.
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology
TRT Terms:   Airships
Safety
Research
Energy Resources
Materials
Solar Cells
FHWA Disciplines:   Air Quality
Pavement and Materials
Safety
Subject Areas:   Energy
Environment
Highways

 

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