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9/6/2005    Beyond Locomotives

Rail News: Mechanical

RailPower to provide hybrid engine kits for tugboat, barge market

RailPower Technologies Corp. is taking its hybrid power system technology beyond yard locomotives. Today, the company announced it reached an agreement with Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp. (OTB) under which the firm will license RailPower’s technology for marine applications, and supply hybrid power systems to tug and barge operators, towboat builders and shipyards.

RailPower — which markets the Green Goat® and Green Kid® switchers that feature 130-horsepower diesel generators and long-life recyclable batteries — will supply OTB hybrid and multi-engine system kits.

“A tug is very much a water-borne switcher with similar work profiles that can greatly benefit from RailPower's hybrid technology,” said OTB President Bob Hill in a prepared statement.

The agreement won’t affect RailPower’s core focus on locomotives, said President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Maier.

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