Hyperloop Stations will Benefit from Google Investments
2015 Jun 12 By Blake 0 comment

Newly created, and Google funded, Sidewalk Labs has an interesting mission. The New York Times has a great article about them: Sidewalk Labs, Mr. Doctoroff said, planned to work in “the huge space between civic hackers and traditional big technology companies.” While big technology companies take a “top-down approach and seek to embed themselves in a city’s infrastructure,” he said Sidewalk Labs would instead seek to develop “technology platforms that people can plug into” for things like managing energy use or altering commuting habits. He pointed to New York’s bike-sharing program as an early example of a technology-assisted innovation in…

Colorado Capital Can Roll Back  Hyperloop via Renewable Energy Standards
2015 Feb 05 By Blake 0 comment

News from the Colorado State Capitol of a Senate bill that would effect a solar powered Colorado hyperloop. Senate Bill 44. The Denver Business Journal reports: The bill would roll back Colorado’s renewable energy goals, currently set at 30 percent by 2020 for investor-owned utilities, to half of that — or 15 percent. The goal for rural cooperatives, which currently need to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable resources by 2020, would be rolled back to 15 percent under the proposal. It is ironic that a small group Colorado citizens would want a small portion of their energy bills to contribute more to the “Brown…

2014 Oct 09 By Blake 0 comment

Because its easy to make critiques at every new technological advancement, see the LED debate below, the Colorado Hyperloop would like to congratulate Gary Truesdale’s latest Hyperloop Efficiency Concept. The video below shows how he made a device that could reduce overall energy use of each hyperloop pod and tube sections by forcing air circulation in the Hyperloop system. Hyperloop Test Fixture V2, Credit: Gary Truesdale http://youtu.be/LCBQbDopZbI?list=PLpA1OZDvaZCb4aXnVx-3Oms4Od4lYBpcQ Good job Gary, keep up the innovations! With innovations like the one above, the Colorado Hyperloop will be using the most energy efficient and lowest carbon renewable energy technology currently available. So…

Colorado Walkable Cities Better for Humans and Hyperloops
2014 Aug 12 By Blake 0 comment

The Denver Business Journal does not normally post things that might touch on Human-Centered Design but today they relayed the findings from a University of Colorado Denver  paper that walkable cities make for healthier citizens.  The study goes more into how the physical streets (not really sidewalks) have been designed, networked and planned over time and how that determines whether they have “good public health”. From the Denver Business Journal: If Colorado communities were looking for one more reason to shift towards transit-oriented development, they may have found it. Cities that have denser, more compact living conditions are likely to have lower disease rates and obesity rates,…

2014 Aug 07 By Blake 0 comment

  Artist and activist Alfred Twu’s image.   High-speed rail has been in the news in that its not working. The New York Times states: High-speed rail was supposed to be President Obama’s signature transportation project, but despite the administration spending nearly $11 billion since 2009 to develop faster passenger trains, the projects have gone mostly nowhere and the United States still lags far behind Europe and China. Fairly obvious, but we all know why high speed transport will eventually happen:  Andy Kunz, executive director of the U.S. High-Speed Rail Association, thinks the United States will eventually…

2014 Jul 08 By Blake 0 comment

“Why cars remain so appealing even in cities with decent public transit – The Washington Post” http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/07/07/why-cars-remain-so-appealing-even-in-cities-with-decent-public-transit/ Decent article that says no matter the cost of transportation (like ownership costs of a car or the cheapness of a bike), time is often deciding factor for Americans. This is precisely why the Colorado Hyperloop is a good match for time, distance and cost.

2014 Jul 01 By Blake 0 comment

A bulk superconductor levitated by a permanent magnet Credit: University of Cambridge These two technology advances will help with the implementation of the Colorado Hyperloop. They also had large converging in the news sphere. New record for a trapped field in a superconductor, beating a record that has stood for more than a decade, could herald the arrival of materials in a broad range of fields.  … The research demonstrates the potential of high-temperature superconductors for applications in a range of fields, including flywheels for energy storage, ‘magnetic separators’, which can be used in mineral refinement…

2014 Jun 14 By Blake 0 comment

Currently all types of public transportation range from very cheap very expensive. Could the Hyperloop be the Uber of the train system? iE cheaper than taxi’s? Could cost be determined by energy/co2 expended? Maybe the first Hyperloop rides will be really expensive because the PV will not have paid for the system yet but at least it will be along the top of the Hyperloop.  Why not have trams that are electrically powered been retro fitted with PV along the tram line? Why aren’t these systems more sustainable?

New EPA Action Helps Colorado Hyperloop
2014 Jun 02 By Blake 0 comment

The Colorado Hyperloop will benefit from the recent changes by the EPA force State’s to create power from other than high carbon dioxide sources. According to CPR, Colorado is well positioned for the upcoming changes that President Obama had the EPA create rules to cut carbon pollution. The heart of the matter is this: “Climate and weather disasters in 2012 cost the American economy more than $100 billion,” the agency says in a document accompanying the proposal. “We don’t have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a news release about the plan. “Our action will sharpen…

Controlling the Colorado Hyperloop Environment
2014 May 20 By Blake 1 comment

Front Range Hyperloop The title of this post is Controlling the Colorado Hyperloop Environment. Yes, controlling is a strong word. Does it mean physically or politically? Also, environment means many different things. Is that social, or weather related?For a large transportation project that stretches miles over the horizon, the role of the environment (weather and politically) is critical to system stability. Lets focus on Mother Nature. The hyperloop will be covered in a weather/waterproof cement like tube. These will be the main controlling factor to the environment inside the tubes. Other innovative systems are also trying to control the…