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US4987833: Solar induction monorail apparatus and method

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Mark J. Antosh ·
Assignee(s) ANTOSH MARK J ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Victor Flores ·
Primary Examiner Peters, Jr.; Joseph F. ·
Assistant Examiner Virna Lissi Mojica ·
Application Number US7447237
Filing date 12/07/1989
Issue date 01/29/1991
Predicted expiration date 03/28/2008
U.S. Classifications 104/118  · 105/50  ·
International Classifications B60K 1600  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 104118;288 ·
Related U.S. Application DataThis is a divisional of application Ser. No. 07/174,422 filed 03/28/88 now U.S. Pat. No. 4,885,995 with issue date of 12/12/89.
9 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

A transportion system including a solar energy collecting monorail structure formed with a photovoltaic surface layer having a solar energy converting means for converting the collected solar energy to electrical energy. A power distribution means for distributing stored energy to transit vehicles being propelled along the monorail structure or distributing excess energy to a remote power utility source. The monorail structure includes means for propelling a transit vehicle according to magnetic principals associated with transverse flux motors. The system also includes a computer controlled, elevation compensating monorail structure extrusion machine comprising a fabrication chamber which continuously fabricates the monorail structure along a monorail construction right-of-way.

Independent Claims | See all claims (9)

  1. 1. A solar energy collecting monorail structure apparatus, said monorail structure apparatus comprising:(a) a solar collector monorail structure member supporting a vehicle, said monorail structure member having an outer protective layer member and a solar collector layer member bonded thereto; and(b) a plurality of column means for supporting said solar collector monorail structure member.
  2. 5. A monorail structure apparatus, said monorail structure apparatus comprising:monorail track means for collecting solar energy and converting said solar energy to facilitate transportation on said monorail track means, said monorail track means having an outer protective layer member and a solar collector layer member bonded thereto.
  3. 9.9. A method of providing transportation, said method comprising the steps of:(a) constructing a solar energy collecting monorail structure apparatus, said monorail structure apparatus comprising:monorail track means for collecting solar energy and converting said solar energy to facilitate transportation on said monorail track means, said monorail track means having an outer protective layer member and a solar collector layer member bonded thereto;(b) converting solar energy to electrical energy via said monorail track means for use by a transit vehicle to provide transportation.

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