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POWER PACKAGING WITH RAILCARS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000179096D
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-05

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Abstract

In one exemplary embodiment, an energy generating module comprises an energy generating device, an enclosure for the energy generating device, a modular cage, a fuel chamber, an energy-transfer receptacle, and a railcar chassis. The energy generating module is transportable on rails via the railcar chassis. The modular cage comprises a peripheral cage secured to the enclosure and one or more multi-directional extensions extending from the peripheral cage to support the energy generating device within the enclosure. The multi-directional extensions are movable in multiple directions as the peripheral cage sways during transportation of the energy generating module so as to permit the energy generating device to track its inertial position more closely than the sway of the peripheral cage during transportation of the energy generating module. The energy generating device is configured to generate an energy output that is transferable by the energy-transfer receptacle to an energy consuming device.

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Docket No. - HUR 0002 N2

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

[0001]The present application is filed under 35 U.S.C. 111(a) as a continuation of International Patent Application No. PCT/US08/76156 (HUR 0002 PC), which international application designates the United States and claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Application Serial No. 61/088,885 (HUR 0002 MA/38469.5), filed August 14, 2008.

BACKGROUND

[0002]Several factors are driving demand for auxiliary power modules that are commonly used for industrial, construction, mining, oil & gas exploration, and commercial applications. These power modules typically utilize diesel engines that, when combined with other electrical components, are used to generate electricity. The resulting electric power output is then used for both prime (primary source) and backup (redundant source) power. For industrial applications, such power modules are used to support either prime or backup electricity within factories; for construction, mining, and oil & gas applications, power modules typically are used to generate prime power for the equipment given the locations frequently are too distant for connection to the municipal electrical grid; and for commercial applications, power modules typically are used for backup power for the electric systems should the municipal electrical grid lose power due to a storm, natural disasters, sabotage, etc.

[0003] Transporting a portable power module to locations via conventional means over roads, as generally taught in the prior art, has limitations. Despite the quantity or quality of today's extensive road networks, there are limitations involving the weight and dimensions of the power modules' enclosures and contents. While some variations are permissible, the road system is constrained in allowing larger portable power modules from being transported. Other prior art has suggested solutions for transporting portable power modules, but none meet unique needs that can be solved using railcars as described herein.

[0004]Integration of a power module with a railcar enables the rapid deployment of power modules to remote job sites by using conventional rails. The rail network reaches countless thousands of miles that are un-serviced by conventional roads and, therefore, the capability of

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Docket No. - HUR 0002 N2

transporting power modules to remote areas thus can be met using the present embodiments. Further, an added advantage of the embodiments relates to improving the speed of transport when projecting electrical generating capacity to sites as the rail network bypasses traditional "pinch points" of road congestion. It also bypasses the legislative limitations upon commercial driving hours imposed upon those navigating the road network. All of which become more problematic at times of natural disaster or other emergencies.

SUMMARY

[0005]Embodiments of the present invention relate generally to energy generating modules that comprise energy generating devices configured to generate energy outputs that may be transferred to energy consuming or transferring devices or systems, such as, but not limited to vehicles or power grids. Further, the energy generating modules comprise a railcar cha...