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11/9/2007    R&D

Rail News: Mechanical

GE-led consortium to develop, test 'clean' locomotive engine technologies

A consortium headed by GE - Transportation recently received funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to demonstrate advanced high-performance catalyst technologies on diesel-powered locomotive engines to reduce air emissions and reduce fuel usage.

In addition to GE, the consortium comprises Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway, GE Global Research, the University of Toronto, Biox Corp., Engine Systems Development Center, CAD Railway Services, Environmental Solutions Worldwide Inc.-Canada and Umicore Autocat Canada Corp.

Consortium members will develop and demonstrate the Clean Diesel Locomotive project, a retrofit emissions control package designed for diesel locomotives. The package will incorporate diesel particulate filtration (DPF) and selective catalytic reduction technologies, and biodiesel fuels.

CN will demonstrate the technologies on newer GE locomotives used in Canada and the United States. CPR will test DPF and biodisel technologies on modernized Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. SD40-2 locomotives.

Established by the Canadian government in 2001, the non-profit SDTC draws from a $550 million investment fund to finance the development of "clean" technologies.

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