The Rail Minister Andrew Jones has reiterated the government’s commitment to rail decarbonisation in a visit to one of the organisations to benefit from the First of a Kind (FOAK) competition funding.
Funded by the Department for Transport (DfT) and run by Innovate UK, the FOAK competition supports research and innovation within the rail industry by seeking innovative ideas that will transform rail travel and make journeys both cleaner and greener.
Three rounds of funding have been awarded through the project and the Rail Minister visited one such recipient, who received £3.5 million in funding.
This company’s idea is supporting rail decarbonisation by developing a Water to Water (W2W) system which is a zero-emission compact steam generator that runs on oxygen and hydrogen, driving a wind turbine that will ultimately charge batter packs onboard trains.
The believe is that this system could be used as a way to power trains in the future, and in an environmentally friendly manner.
Andrew Jones praised the work of the company – Steamology – whilst reiterating the commitment to rail decarbonisation.
He said: “We are committed to decarbonising our rail network, ensuring our trains are cleaner and greener for passengers.
“As part of this we are funding innovation grants to help cutting edge businesses develop high tech solutions.
“Steamology is a fantastic example of this and it has been great to see how our funding has made a difference in helping them develop their ideas.
“We are ambitious for our rail network and for the role it can play in improving our environment for the country.”
In the three rounds of funding so far from the FOAK competition that was launched two years ago, 44 different projects have received funding.
In total, almost £15 million worth of funding has been handed out to develop new and innovative ideas of ensuring a greener future for Britain’s railway.