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The group wants to start in the London suburb of Croydon with a $625 million pilot network connecting all the borough’s food shops, schools and buildings. Such a network would remove diesel trucks from the road, cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 8 percent a year and reducing congestion, the project’s leaders say.
Two oil firms are apparently interested, EWeek Europe reports — the very companies that could stand to lose if diesel trucks are removed from the road. Foodtubes is talking to two firms about providing a pipeline in Canada’s permafrost and in the Middle Eastern desert, Hodson said.
Pipeline-capsule, underground, rapid, electric, freight transport. GOODS-IN and WASTE-OUT computer-guided, lightweight capsules, travelling through dozens of interlinking 150 km circuits serving farms, producers, processors, packagers, wholesalers, retailers and recycling units. A typical dense-urban 150 km circuit will connect approximately 400 terminals at senders’ & receivers’ premises. Freight transfer depots will transfer cargos to and from traditional lorries, vans, pallets, waste-trucks and trains. Regions served by FOODTUBES will benefit from substantial road, rail & air traffic decongestion, from faster and smaller deliveries and cleaner street-level air.
FOODTUBES-Circuits will be designed for Dense-Urban, Urban, Rural and Wilderness regions. Diverse specialist capsules will be designed to carry a wide range of cargos from farm produce to ready-for-sale supermarket goods. Pipe-Terminals will be installed at supermarkets, shopping malls and markets, colleges, schools, large offices & institutions and at waste recycling depots.
Across countries like the UK, FOODTUBES will annually save up to 8% of man-made CO2 and other global-warming agents and street-level air pollutants. In less industrialised nations, where transport is a larger percent of overall pollution, the calculations indicate more than 8% savings.