Presentation on theme: "FOODTUBES … The transport internet – really fast food Replace 44 tonne, 40 metre trucks with ultra-light, carbon fibre cargo-capsules & propel them through."— Presentation transcript:
FOODTUBES … The transport internet – really fast food Replace 44 tonne, 40 metre trucks with ultra-light, carbon fibre cargo-capsules & propel them through pipelines with Linear Induction Motors. Today, 92% of the fuel moves HGVs. 8% moves the goods. 25% of all daily freight is supermarket goods. FOODTUBES use 10% of the equivalent fuel – in sustainable electricity. GRIDLOCKED ? – CANT BREATHE? Inefficient food transport costs the Earth. For every 25 million homes (e.g. the UK) we burn 17 billion litres of diesel. In the UK this is 8% of all the carbon dioxide added to the air each year, accelerating global warming. The road maintenance and health costs add $18B a year. In contrast, we transport 180 times more weight of water than food every day (150 litres/person) in pipelines, with little pollution & no traffic jams. Multiply by 5 to get the totals for the 120 million USA households. QWERTY Economics WHY WONT THEY CHANGE? Because the freight industry is deeply entrenched at every level of government and commerce. They claim rights to profit from dominating our roads, shaking our buildings and polluting our air. Many traditional politicians and food bosses are oil-junkies, dedicated to keeping things as they are – whatever the social costs. They propose equally harmful bio-fuels & fewer plastic bags. WHAT DOES IT COST? - Jan 2008 – Adding one lane to the M25 roadway for 63 miles (101 klms) in each direction; Contract valued at around £1.5 billion ($3 B). Highways Agency. = $28 M /klm. Time scale 5 years. Requires continuous, costly maintenance – HGVs do 80% of the damage to roads, causing most traffic jams. Invisible, 1 metre diameter PIPELINES are laid everywhere, quickly & quietly by the water, gas and oil industries. FOODTUBES will only cost $5 M /km – low maintenance for 50 years. Interlinked 150 km sections will be built, connecting farms, manufacturers and retailers – with Public Terminals installed for small business use. Large campuses, offices and military camps will have their own terminals. Transmitting a computer controlled, 1 X 2 metres cargo-capsule - 1.57 Cubic Metres – will cost about $10 and secure food supplies.
NEXT CENTURY - SEA LEVEL MAY RISE: BY If/When the West Antarctic Ice Sheet melts – 19 feet If/When the Greenland ice sheet melts – 24 feet If/When the East Antarctic ice sheet melts – 170 feet Total 213 feet SCIAM – Feb 2008 64 metres …predicting future sea level changes from the current climate models greatly underestimates the future contribution of the polar ice sheets to sea level rise Robin E Bell, Columbia University, Vice chair, International Planning Group, For the International Polar Year. WHY BOTHER TO CUT EMISSIONS? WHY CHANGE THE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE? FOODTUBES … The transport internet – really fast food