Background

In October 2018, RSSB launched a £1 million call for research feasibility studies to identify intelligent power solutions to decarbonise rail. Six projects were awarded funding to explore alternative traction options for both passenger trains and freight, and assess the infrastructure improvements that would be necessary to support these.

On this page you can find information about the competition and watch footage from the information and networking day.

For any questions, please email: researchcompetitions@rssb.co.uk

Information and networking day

October 2018

9.15

Registration, networking breakfast and poster exhibition

9.45
9.50

RSSB’s work on sustainability and decarbonisation

This session will give a brief overview of the sustainability work and initiatives that RSSB has been leading on behalf of the industry such as the Sustainability Principles and the Rail Carbon Tool. We will also give an update on the work that the Decarbonisation Task Force has championed, including the recent report to the Transport Minister in response to his call to eliminate all diesel-only trains by 2040.

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Andrew Kluth Lead Carbon Specialist, RSSB

10.00

Current landscape and ongoing innovation

Deploying Alstom’s Coradia iLint technology to decarbonise the UK 

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Mike Muldoon Head of Business Development & Marketing, Alstom

Hydroflex: the UK's first hydrogen train

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Kevin Blacktop Head of Delivery, University of Birmingham

Class 165 HyDrive: what's the future for hybrid trains?

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David Bridges Product Development Manager, Angel Trains


10:30

The voice of the industry: challenges and opportunities

In this session, a selection of key industry stakeholders and 'challenge owners' will present their main priorities in the areas of decarbonisation and energy efficiency. The pitches will be followed by a panel discussion

Pitches from: 

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Paul Smart Managing Director, Freightliner
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Wendi Wheeler Energy and Carbon Strategy Manager, Network Rail
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Graeme Clark Head of Business Development - Rolling Stock, Siemens
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Chandra Morbey Innovation Manager, Porterbrook
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Martin Ward Engineering Business Development Director, First Group
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Russell Preece Systems Engineer - Fleet, Virgin Trains
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Herb Castillo Energy Strategy Lead, HS2

11:00

Coffee break, networking and poster exhibition

11:15

Case Studies and 'Eleavator Pitches

This session will be a whistle-stop tour of a few case studies highlighting energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies that have been applied in sectors other than rail. 

A selection of ‘elevator pitches’ will follow. Attendees will have strictly 1 minute each to showcase their relevant research expertise. 

Case studies:

Riding Sunbeams

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Leo Murray Director of Strategy, 10:10 Climate Action

The exploitation of free piston engine technology to decarbonise transport

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Prof Tony Roskilly Director - Centre for Energy Research, Newcastle University

Innovative semi-conductor technology: use in other sectors and its potential for rail

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Prof Philip Mawby Head of PEATER (Power Electronics Applications and Technology in Energy Research) group, University of Warwick

G-volution technology

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Shimon Shapiro Research and Development, G-volution Ltd

Elevator pitches from:

  1. Ben Nichols, University of Nottingham
  2. Will Midgley, Loughborough University 
  3. William Holderbaum, Manchester Metropolitan University
  4. Nick Mallinson, University of Warwick
  5. Garfield Southall, University of Chester
  6. Jianing Li, University of Birmingham
  7. David Fletcher, University of Sheffield
  8. Rebeka Sellick, SellickRail Ltd
  9. Michael Healy, HaslerRail
  10. John Parry, Ultra Light Rail Partners
  11. Neil Tinworth, Unipart Rail Limited
  12. Andy Stephens, Perpetuum
  13. Andrew Stephinson, FTI Communication Systems
  14. Clive Brook, Clean Power Hydrogen
  15. Christopher Maltin, Global Gas Logistic Solutions
  16. Mark Hinnells, Ricardo 
12:15

Lunch and ‘speed networking’ - Lunch served in the exhibition area

13:15

Unlocking the funding…

RSSB and KTN will outline the scope and the application process for the two funding competitions that are being launched today. A Q&A session will follow.

RSSB R&D collaboration competition

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Luisa Moisio R&D Programme Director, RSSB

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) call

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Trevor Gregory Knowledge Transfer Adviser, KTN

13:45

Networking exercise

The table moderators will be invited to stand to be identified by the attendees. Each moderator will lead a table discussion around one of the three competition challenges: (a) high speed (b) freight (c) infrastructure: energy storage/distribution. Please refer to the competition briefing (which will be made available on the day) for more details about each challenge. Attendees can choose which challenge they would like to discuss, and gather around one of the moderators; attendees are welcome to move around and join the discussion on other challenges.

Moderators for Challenge A - High speed:

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Chandra Morbey Innovation Manager, Porterbrook
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Mark Gaynor Head of Railway Planning, RDG
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Richard Jones Technical Manager, RIA
 

Moderators for Challenge B - Freight:

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Paul Smart Managing Director, Freightliner
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Cameron Fitzgibbon Technical Support Engineer - Services, Colas Rail
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Andrew Kluth Lead Carbon Specialist, RSSB

Moderators for Challenge C - Infrastructure (energy storage/distribution):

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Wendi Wheeler Energy and Carbon Strategy Manager, Network Rail
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Herb Castillo Energy Strategy Lead, HS2
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Tom Palfreyman Technical Director, Rail & Technical Discipline Lead – Traction Power/ETE, WSP
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Warren Blewit Senior Engineer (Distribution), Network Rail

15:00
15:10
15:20

Next steps and closing remarks

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Richard Walker Head of Analysis, RSSB
15:30

Networking

16:00

Event Closes

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