Digital Displacement for Non-Passenger Rail Applications
Artemis Intelligent Power
With support from Direct Rail Services Ltd and Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield
Artemis Intelligent Power will investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of using Digital Displacement (DD) technology to reduce carbon in the rail freight sector. They will focus on 4 areas: small freight locos; high-power locos; auxiliary drives; specialist freight.
AN INTERVIEW WITH THE PROJECT LEAD
|Dr Gordon Voller, Artemis Intelligent Power|
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"Artemis Intelligent Power is collaborating with Direct Rail Services and the University of Huddersfield’s IRR to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of using Digital Displacement technology to reduce carbon emissions from non-passenger rail vehicles."
What are the benefits for industry, within in the context of the wider decarbonisation landscape?
"Non-passenger rail applications which can benefit from Digital Displacement technology:
This project builds on previous work on Digital Displacement. What are the successes of this technology to date, and what are you hoping to achieve with this project?
"A Digital Displacement hydraulic hybrid rail transmission was demonstrated in a previous RSSB-funded research project. The test programme proved the reliability in a working demonstrator. The initial results were in line with our modelling which predicted that fuel savings of 30% are obtainable. Artemis also worked with ScotRail to trial Digital Displacement pumps in the auxiliary drive of a DMU, which also demonstrated significant fuel economies. The technology is now being made available to the rail industry by Unipart Rail and Danfoss. Following the successful completion of these projects Artemis is keen to explore options to commercialise its transmission technology for rail applications."
The Artemis team: from left Dr Gordon Voller, Engineering Manager, Stephen Laird, Research Manager, and on the right Prof Win Rampen, Director