Freight News, Rail

Freightliner wins green funding

[ July 22, 2021   //   ]

Freightliner, a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) and a consortium of specialist suppliers have secured UK government funding to develop a Rail Freight Energy and Emissions Calculator (REEC) that will be deployed on the existing NR+ platform used for rail- freight planning. The project is one of 30 winners in the latest round of the First of a Kind competition announced recently by the Transport Secretary, aimed at making railways even cleaner and greener.

The NR+ platform, developed by University of Hull, is the first digital platform that fully captures the UK rail network capability from a freight operator’s perspective, including data on loading gauge, permitted weight and electrification constraints. It will be augmented with route gradient and line speed data, together with high-accuracy train performance modelling, to deliver low-cost intelligent emissions calculation and mapping. Rail-freight operators and customers will be able to calculate precise energy and emissions estimates for their routes, easily model the performance limitations of different traction options and varying train loads, or compare rail freight with other transport modes to determine the effects of modal shift on overall emissions.