The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has announced the six winners of its Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition.
Worth £1 million, the competition has found six feasibility studies that will help to develop energy efficient and alternative technologies for high speed and freight trains.
In addition, the winners of the Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition will provide innovative solutions for the storage, distribution and provision infrastructure of energy.
The Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition fits the government and industry focus on optimising greener and more environmentally friendly ways for the railways to run in Britain.
Previously, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has praised the Decarbonisation Task Force for supporting the belief that electrification is the optimal form of transport – especially on intensively used routes.
Those winners of the RSSB’s competition include schemes that pinpoint the importance of electrification on heavy parts of the network.
In addition though, other ‘self-powered’ traction sources, including battery and hydrogen, will be vital if a decarbonised railway is to be achieved.
The competition winners, which include Loughborough University, Artemis Intelligent Power, G-volution, Riding Sunbeams, the University of Birmingham and Newcastle University – in collaboration with many partners – will support the rail industry’s vision to decarbonise traction energy providing novel solutions that ensure railways continue to offer one of the lowest-carbon transport options for passengers and the freight sector.
The Decarbonisation Task Force fully supports the projects, which are expected to outline their findings during the middle of next year.
One of the projects – Digital displacement for non-passenger rail – will investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of using Digital Displacement (DD) technology to reduce carbon in the rail freight sector; focus areas will be on small freight locos, high-power locos, auxiliary drives, and specialist freight.
If feasible, these projects will prove vital for the decarbonisation of rail.