Exhibitors 2017

Pipenet - the Fifth Mode of Transportation

Pipenet is an innovative and sustainable technology that will bring relief to heavily congested transport corridors through supplementing existing transportation routes. Medium-size and standardised parcels are moved inside capsules with a diameter of one meter and are grouped into trains. These trains travel inside vacuum sealed and depressurised pipelines and are propelled by electric linear motors. They reach a cruise speed of up to 1,500 km/h. Furthermore, 70% of the energy can be recovered during the braking process which creates an energy sustainable solution. For the purpose of this project we will focus on developing pipelines along roads. This will reduce construction costs and facilitate easy access in case of maintenance. The Pipenet lines are intended to be exploited as single service routes. In the future, single lines can easily be connected to national or even international networks with automatic, high-speed, and smart forwarding stations, as well as with conventional means of transport to exploit the benefits of a fully integrated multi-modal transport system. Pipenet focuses on small volume freight, hence avoiding many of the critical issues that innovative systems face during their development (e.g. construction complexity, dimensions and interference with the environment, safety). The technology allows for high speed of transportation, efficient energy recovery, and produces no emissions, thus contributing to an overall reduction of GHG emissions, energy consumption, as well as leading to increased service quality and safety on the streets. Previous application studies show that Pipenet is highly economically feasible.

Pipenet - the Fifth Mode of Transportation

Emanuele Bonamente, Franco Cotana, Andrea Nicolini, Sara Rinaldi

Emanuele Bonamente is Assistant Professor in Applied and Environmental Physics at the University of Perugia, Italy. He obtained a first PhD in Physics (2010) and a second PhD in Energy Engineering (2015). His research activities spanned from elementary particle physics to environmental sustainability and renewable energies. He authored more than 200 papers in scientific peer-reviewed journals, with a particular focus in environmental footprint and sustainability, global warming mitigation, exploitation of renewable energy sources and innovative technologies for thermal storage (h-index=79 in Scopus). He is operational manager of the laboratory of Industrial and Applied Physics at the Engineering Department of the University of Perugia, where preliminary scale prototypes of PipeNet are located.

  F11 (pav. 6) - Emanuele Bonamente, Franco Cotana, Andrea Nicolini, Sara Rinaldi

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