The Eminox trial
We are constantly looking for opportunities to reduce our environmental impact and deliver greener, cleaner journeys for our passengers. That is why we are excited to support this project.
In partnership with rolling stock company Porterbrook, and emissions specialist, Eminox, EMR has fit a 2-box emissions reduction system to the exhaust of a Class 170 train in full passenger usage between Nottingham and Matlock.
The £600,000 trial, which is funded by EMR, Porterbrook and the Department for Transport, through its Innovate UK fund, uses an oxidation catalyst and a filter to partly remove pollution from nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and particulate matter.
The trial also includes using an innovative low volume hydrostatic oil reservoir developed by Bosch Rexroth that utilises a double pump arrangement and hydrostatic oil to drive the engine cooling fans and the alternator, which in turn provides electrical power to the train.
The technology is capable of delivering similar outputs to the original system, but requires only 16 litres of hydrostatic oil compared to 200 litres that is currently needed, thereby delivering a significant reduction in space, weight and the volume of oil required.
Performance data will be collected from the 15-week trial to understand if the technology will be a viable option for wider use in the industry.
Neil Bamford, Fleet Director at East Midlands Railway, said the company was delighted to be able to support the trial.
He said: “We are constantly looking for opportunities to reduce our environmental impact and deliver greener, cleaner journeys for our passengers. That is why we are excited to support this project and help explore if this innovative technology can have an impact on cutting down pollution.”
Mary Grant, Porterbrook CEO said: “As a rolling stock asset owner, Porterbrook is committed to developing innovative technologies that can help reduce emissions from our diesel fleets. We are particularly pleased to be able to do this by drawing on proven technologies from other sectors.
“Porterbrook believes by partnering with East Midlands Railway and automotive after-treatment specialists, Eminox, we can accelerate the delivery of cleaner and more environmentally friendly trains on Britain’s railway”
Jonathan Evans, Senior Programme Manager, Eminox, said: “Securing this funding reflects the innovative, first-of-a-kind nature of our project with East Midlands Railway and Porterbook – and demonstrates our commitment to reducing harmful emissions across multiple sectors to help deliver a greener future.”
“The project will demonstrate the Eminox exhaust after-treatment technology, benefiting air quality and the environment. Given the large number of diesel trains currently operating in the UK, there are enormous possibilities to develop and deploy our technology on a wider scale, benefiting many communities across the country."
Simon Edmonds, Deputy Executive Chair and Chief Business Officer, Innovate UK said “Through the DfT’s ‘First of a Kind 2020’ program, Innovate UK has been supporting bright ideas from British businesses to make the railway even more green and efficient. What this project has achieved shows the potential for future commercial growth through a wider roll-out of this innovative technology.”