I’ve talked several times in the past about hyrail (or the Hydrogen Hi-Speed Rail Super Highway “H2RSH” as some are now calling it) by Interstate Traveler. In my past conversations with hyrail’s creator Justin Sutton, he indicated that the first hydrogen high-speed rail system may actually begin somewhere in Indonesia, where the need and political acceptance is the most accommodating right now.
And sure, enough, in three days from now, Bandung Institute of Technology transportation experts will start a 3-month feasibility study concerning the Interstate Traveler H2RSH project. If the feasibility study passes both technically and financially, the $3 billion hyrail project will begin building as early as 2012.
The Hydrogen Hi-Speed Rail Super Highway will cover approximately 221 miles from Cirebon, West Java, to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten. The cutting edge hydrogen transportation project has even made the news inside Indonesia as can be seen on this Youtube video (this isn’t a “clean” video as there is other news on this clip as well).
According to the Jakarta Post, up to 15 firms now may be financially backing this project, “The 15 firms which could become involved include Aon Risk Service Inc, Aqua-PhyD Inc, Aruna Solutions, Asian Energy Limited, Tricap Group, Copernicus International, eCompass Group, Fidelity National Financial, Global Green Management, McGladry & Pullen, Modular Integrated Technologies, Obermeyer Planen+Beraten, Pembinaan Aktif Gemilang, The Interstate Traveller Company, and Tum Geotechnical Research.”
If the feasibility study passes, this will not only encourage the building of hyrail in West Java, but may encourage business and government in Michigan and Florida to do the same, since both of these states have already expressed a keen interest in this project.