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Canada to help RailPower Technologies offset cost of Green Goat/Kid demonstration fleet


On Oct. 21, RailPower Technologies Corp. announced an agreement with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to obtain $1.5 million in government funds toward production of a 10-unit demonstration fleet of Green Goat™ and Green Kid™ hybrid locomotives.

"We are experiencing strong interest in our hybrid switching locomotives from across the rail industry, [but] a number of these potential customers require an initial demonstration in their particular switching environment before committing to a purchase or long-term lease," said RailPower President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Maier in a prepared statement.

RailPower plans to pursue production of five Green Goats, which would be built by ALSTOM Canada Inc. pending a manufacturing agreement. During the next year, RailPower plans to build four more Green Goats or Kids; the supplier currently owns one Green Goat demonstration unit.

"Our consortium partner, CANAC Inc., will be fully involved in the construction of our demonstration fleet, including the integration of remote-control systems into these locomotives, and the manufacture of some of the second group of locomotives at their Montreal facility," said Maier.

Green Goats and Kids feature a small diesel generator and long-life batteries. The 2,000- and 1,000-horsepower locomotives are designed to reduce NOx and diesel-particulate emissions 80 percent to 90 percent, and fuel consumption, about 50 percent, compared with a conventional switcher.

Canada established SDTC as a $350 million investment fund to help companies develop and demonstrate technology aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and improving air quality.

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