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All Aboard the Eco-Express: Rail's Hybrid Energy Solutions

Green transportation is gaining momentum on U.S. railways

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RECYCLED EXHAUST

U.K.- and Canada-based Clean Power Technologies is exploring rail applications for a hybrid power steam technology that uses heat captured from exhaust, says president and chief executive, Abdul Mitha.....[ More ]

ETHANOL ENGINE

Alternative Hybrid Locomotive Technologies, Inc., in Milford, Ohio, hopes to raise nearly $4.5 million in government and private funding to build an ethanol-based hybrid for short-distance switching. ....[ More ]

ALTERNATIVE FUELS

Later this summer, fuel-cell technology company Vehicle Projects, Inc., in Golden, Colo., plans to complete a prototype fuel cell–battery hybrid switcher locomotive that creates no emissions. A pilot, demonstrated in June, is undergoing final mechanical and control integration and will later be rigorously tested for such parameters as tractive effort (the pulling force a locomotive exerts in order to move), shock and vibration resistance, and noise, says Karen Griggs, a company spokeswoman.....[ More ]

GENERAL ELECTRIC EVOLUTION

General Electric worked for the past seven years to design the first diesel–electric hybrid that captures energy that would have been lost to conventional friction braking and stores it in batteries for later use.....[ More ]

GREEN GOAT

RailPower Technologies Corp.'s Green Goat—a diesel-electric "switcher" (small, short-distance locomotive) used for assembling, disassembling and moving train cars in rail yards—became the railroad industry's first simple hybrid when it was completed in 2001.....[ More ]

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