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25kV Battery Train Charging Station Demonstration

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10037158

Project title: 25kV Battery Train Charging Station Demonstration
Lead organisation: SIEMENS MOBILITY LIMITED
Project grant: £59,910

Public description: The UK rail industry is committed to decarbonisation, including the removal of diesel trains by 2040.

Replacing diesel trains with electric, hydrogen or battery bi-mode rolling stock provides faster, smoother and more reliable journeys, as well as eliminating local pollution and greatly reducing carbon dioxide. To enable clean, green electric bi-mode operation without continuous electrification requires enhancement of the power supply to existing electrification and novel charging facilities to support bi-mode trains. No small, low-cost solution is currently available for charging facilities that are compatible with standard UK trains and locally available power supplies and space.

Siemens Mobility, working with ROSCO, TOCs and Network Rail, will deliver a novel AC charging solution enabling simple installation of small, low-cost rapid charging facilities fed from existing standard local power supply cables. Compatible with all OLE-powered trains, the novel design enables the removal of diesel passenger train operation on non-electrified routes across the UK, while minimising land requirements and modifications required to existing station structures.

My Thoughts And Conclusion

Consider.

  • The solution works with all 25 KVAC trains.
  • It looks like it is a compact overhead electrification system, which might have originally been designed for a European tram or German S-Bahn system.
  • It is claimed to be low-cost.
  • Siemens were not asking for a lot of money.
  • ROSCO, TOCs and Network Rail are all involved, which must be good.

It looks to me, that someone at Siemens has raided the parts bin and found some small, low-cost overhead electrification, that can be installed in the UK gauge and powered by a fairly standard mains supply.

It strikes me, that this system would be ideal to install in a station like Marylebone, if services to the station were to be run by battery-electric trains.

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A Rapidly Deployable Rail Stress Sensor For Next Generation Freight Monitoring

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10039559

Project title: A Rapidly Deployable Rail Stress Sensor For Next Generation Freight Monitoring
Lead organisation: PEAK TO PEAK MEASUREMENT SOLUTIONS LTD.
Project grant: £263,725

Public description: As UK rail freight growth increases, a detailed live understanding of the network condition is
essential and is driving the need for industry digitalisation in the form of real-time and in-situ condition monitoring.

This is also a key enabler of automated networks and the adoption of autonomous vehicles.

In the UK many of the existing wayside rail measurement technologies (e.g. Weigh-in-Motion[WiM] and Wheel Impact Load Detector [WILD]) are expensive, time consuming to install, and permanent.

Thus, the adoption of measurement technologies for improving service offerings is becoming increasingly important. Some proposed data streams are unmeasurable using commercially available technologies; other smaller rail sensors on the market only offer very basic measurements (such as vibration and temperature). Some can be achieved through strain gauging, weighbridges or manual inspection. However, Peak to Peak Measurement Solutions (PktoPk)’s solution is more robust, has longer term stability, is rapidly deployable, offers higher measurement frequency and is significantly cheaper/faster to deploy than any of the competing technologies. It builds on similar systems PktoPk have deployed to non-competing industries such as automotive, large marine diesel, and injection moulding.

PktoPk proposes a novel technology to take key measurements using an ultrasonic array transducer mounted in a robust clamp that can be rapidly fixed under a rail of any gauge. Measurements will be taken in real-time and uploaded to a cloud platform. This solution is fast, portable and excellent value for money whilst providing tangible, reliable and cost-saving data.

The system benefits to asset owners include; reducing possession duration, reducing inspection/maintenance downtime and providing rail operators with easy access to all the data streams listed below.

  • Dynamic lateral and vertical force (L/V)
  • Wheel-rail contact position and shape
  • Wheel-rail interfacial stiffness
  • Axle load/weight (ALM)
  • Additional ‘standard’ measurements (temperature/noise/vibration)

The project will utilise PktoPk’s close relationship with University of Sheffield, where the IP and right to operate is also shared, and will work with other local partners to create a demonstration of their novel technology to key rail stakeholders in a live rail environment.

This event will also be broadcast with some international stakeholders who have already expressed their excitement about the demonstration.

My Thoughts And Conclusions

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Automating Freight Access Right Management And Spot Bidding Using Novel And Modern Software To Drive Modal Shift From Road To Rail

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10039135

Project title: Automating Freight Access Right Management And Spot Bidding Using Novel And Modern Software To Drive Modal Shift From Road To Rail
Lead organisation: HACK PARTNERS LTD.
Project grant: ££322,420

Public description: Automating today’s manual processes associated with access right management and spot bidding and wrapping these digital processes in an intuitive, integrated, modern, bespoke and scalable user system. The benefits of this innovation are not only cost efficiency but also enabling a much better experience to freight customers to drive modal shift.

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Transforming High-Speed Rail Logistics

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10038447

Project title: Transforming High-Speed Rail Logistics
Lead organisation: VARAMIS LTD
Project grant: £396,467

Public description:

Our project is to transform high-speed rail logistics combining a repurposed all electric passenger unit and bespoke consignment device technology to support the conveyance of parcels. This technology, offered alongside a new approach to using space at stations to create easily accessible city-centre distribution hubs, will enable the operation of a new high-speed non-letters parcels service.

The project meets the competitions challenge and scope through: Development and application of new technologies and approaches to rail, innovative reuse of existing rail assets (such as passenger rolling stock converted for light freight), repurposing of space at station hubs (which has been released due to changing passenger demand) and engagement with new to rail logistics operators to develop and grow new high-speed rail freight services.

Furthermore, the project is in support of permanent modal shift from road to rail, delivering rail freight growth, meeting future customer needs, and realising significant emissions reductions which supports the UK’s low emissions target of a 68% reduction by 2030, compared to 1990 levels through modal diversion from road.

My Thoughts And Conclusions

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Levelling Up Freight

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10037240

Project title: Levelling Up Freight
Lead organisation: 3SQUARED LTD.
Project grant: £393,271

Public description:

Background

Rail freight is vital to Britain. It contributes almost £2.5bn to the economy and plays a big part in reducing congestion and emissions. Rail is more environmentally friendly than road, with every tonne of freight transported by rail producing 76% less emissions compared to road (RDG “Levelling Up Britain” 2021). The green benefits of rail freight are being driven heavily by the DfT with incentive schemes such as Modal Shift Revenue Support (MSRS) – a £20m grant, which
freight carriers can bid for a share of to support modal shift to rail.

Despite widescale use of MSRS, finding new freight routes for additional trains is challenging because:

  • Road haulage is seen as easier and more accessible than rail freight, especially at short
    notice, for short journeys and for single containers.
  • Highways are less regulated with no significant barriers to commercial participation, and
    therefore are free to use the latest technologies to develop and evolve solutions at a faster
    pace.
  • Railway planning systems and processes limit the availability and visibility of freight paths
    (slots in the timetable which can accept a freight train) resulting in under-utilisation of
    network capacity.

Our innovative freight planning solution (PathPlanner) will make the use of rail for freight as
accessible and easy to use as the road network. PathPlanner is specifically designed to overcome
the current operational challenges and blockers that make moving to rail prohibitive.

Proof-of-Concept Demonstration

In 2021, NR completed a £17m upgrade around Southampton to enable longer trains in/out of the docks. Completing April 2023, Solent Stevedores is investing c.£3m to strengthen their capability to receive and dispatch longer and more trains – from 9 to 16 per day.

However, NR’s business case did not include any understanding of capacity in/out of the port, so
Solent Stevedores is currently unsighted as to how, or if, they can find the additional paths.
There are significant gains to be made if they can; 7 extra trains equate to:

  • £12.6m additional revenue p.a.
  • A reduction of 55,000 HGVs.
  • A reduction of carbon by 1,165 tonnes.

Our project will demonstrate a Proof-of-Concept solution at Southampton Docks that will facilitate
Solent Stevedores, and Eddie Stobart Logistics (ESL) – 2 off our project partners – to find additional
freight paths and transfer containers from HGVs to trains.

My Thoughts And Conclusions

As I programmed scheduling and resource allocation systems for forty years, I am probably one of the most experienced programmers at writing this type of system.

That experience suggests that their objectives are possible.

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Decarbonising Auxiliary Load In Freight Today

This project was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

In this document, this is said about the project.

Project No: 10039629

Project title: Decarbonising Auxiliary Load In Freight Today
Lead organisation: G-VOLUTION LTD
Project grant: £378,514

Public description: Freight locomotives have auxiliary electric power requirements which account for up to 10-15% of the total power demand, covering engine and traction motor cooling, safety and signalling systems and locomotive control systems.

These loads are currently serviced by an alternator on ubiquitous diesel ICE powertrains. This demand is persistent, requiring the diesel ICEs to remain powered up/idling during the significant periods of dwell time faced by freight services. Up to 20% of freight locomotive fuel consumption and emissions, from CO2 and particulates, therefore arise from non-traction aspects.

Whilst extreme traction requirements for freight operations restricts adoption of full decarbonised powertrains – unless compromises for traction power or range are made – no existing rail technology targets the significant auxiliary power requirements.

In response, G-volution have engaged a team cutting across the full UK supply chain to realise and integrate a first-of-a-kind system for on-board auxiliary power on freight locomotives, based on high energy-density fuel cells and a carbon neutral bio-LPG fuel system.

Whilst initially representing the lowest cost/technical barrier route to catalyse significant CO2, exhaust emission and diesel fuel savings in freight, this approach has potential to also substitute traction power in the long term, and supports the transition to green hydrogen as a rail transport fuel.

Through a live demonstration with a UK freight operator, the project will therefore prove that high efficiency fuel cells, which are able to use a range of cleaner, greener, cheaper zero net carbon renewable fuels, can work in the rail environment and also stimulate significant commercial benefits for all operators, via reduced fuel costs and future environmental levies.

My Thoughts And Conclusions

Note that another G-volution project is described in Grand Central DMU To Be Used For Dual-Fuel Trial.

I also suspect, this auxiliary power unit could have other applications.

 

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What Is A Freight Skate?

The Freight Skate was one of the winners in the First Of A Kind 2022 competition run by Innovate UK.

The Description In The First Of A Kind 2022 Winners Document

In this document, this is said.

Project No: 10039606

Project title: “Freight Skate” a self-powered freight bogie and platform
Lead organisation: TDI (EUROPE) LIMITED
Project grant: £400,000

Public description: Governments have recognised that the continued dependence on the motor/freight vehicles is unsustainable and that modal shift to low and zero-carbon public transport solutions, both for passengers and freight, is essential if legislative commitments to Net Zero are to be met.

The Freight Skate provides a sustainable, low cost, reliable and high-quality rail freight experience which will drive down emissions and increase profits to freight companies and assist in bringing about the much-needed modal shift from road to train. To achieve this objective, it required us to use different ways of thinking across every aspect of the programme – design, supply, build and system implementation. This approach has yielded the desired results.

The skate chassis was originally designed with steering axles for passenger trains. It is a unique and tested design which we believe lends itself to operating as an independent 4-wheel unit that can be virtually coupled to form a platform for 10′, 20′,30′ or 40′ containers. The study would also allow us to optimise loading for 9’6″ HC units; Three units could also be used to carry 2 x 40′ containers. An individual unit would carry a 10′ container.

TDI plans to commercialise the Freight Skate vehicle over the next 3 years, with the product entering freight terminal service in 2025.

My Thoughts And Conclusions

If you search the Internet for “Freight Skate” you find nothing, but I think the concept is a development of the TruckTrain, which I wrote about in The TruckTrain, as both concepts are from Coventry.

I really liked the TruckTrain concept, when I saw it earlier this year.

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First Of A Kind 2022 Winners Announced

The title of this post, is the same as that of this news item from Innovate UK.

This paragraph explains the competition.

The Department for Transport and Innovate UK are delighted to announce the first set of winners for the First of Kind (FOAK) 2022 competition. Winners will receive funding to help develop novel technology which improves rail freight services and lowers carbon emissions from trains.

I shall cover some of the winning ideas in future posts, which I will link to this post.

10039629 – Decarbonising Auxiliary Load In Freight Today

10037240 – Levelling Up Freight

10038447 – Transforming High-Speed Rail Logistics

10039135 – Automating Freight Access Right Management And Spot Bidding Using Novel And Modern Software To Drive Modal Shift From Road To Rail

10039606 – “Freight Skate” A Self-Powered Freight Bogie And Platform

10039559 – A Rapidly Deployable Rail Stress Sensor For Next Generation Freight Monitoring

10037294 – EventGo – Intelligent Rail Service Demand Forecasting for Event-Based Travel

10037862 – NextGen Data-Driven Timetable Performance Optimisation Tool

10039201- Protection and Resilience for OLE using ComputerVision Techniques (PROLECT)

10038989 – FEIDS – FOAS Enabled Intruder Detection System

10038342 – Rail Flood Defender

10039258 – Optimal Prediction of Sand For Adhesion

10038790 – Unauthorised Cable Removal And Fault Triage

10036632 – Trains With Brains(R)

10038228 – SBRI: FOAK 2022 Optimising Railway Possessions

10037542 – Portable Track Geometry Measurement System

10038973 – State Of The Railway Compiler Data Solution (SORClite): Open Access Real-Time Signalling Data

10036245 – ECML Net Zero Traction Decarbonisation

10039100 – UBER – Ultra-High Power Battery For Low Emission Rail

10037562 –  ZERRCI – Zero Emissions Repowering Of Railway Construction Infrastructure

10038683 – Axle Mounted Motor For Retrofit To DMU’s To Enable Zero Emissions In Stations

10038972 – Zero Emission Powering of Auxiliary Loads In Stations

10038627 – ERiCS – Emissions Reductions in Closed Stations

10037158 – 25kV Battery Train Charging Station Demonstration

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An Analysis Of UK Offshore Wind Farms

This analysis is based on this Wikipedia entry which is entitled A List Of Offshore Wind Farms In The United Kingdom.

The page has these sections.

Operational Offshore Wind Farms

October 2022 – 13628 MW

Wind Farms Under Construction

October 2022 – 4160 MW

Pre-Construction Wind Farms

October 2022 – 2453 MW

Proposed Wind Farms – Contracts for Difference Round 3

October 2022 – 12 MW

Proposed Wind Farms – Contracts for Difference Round 4

October 2022 – 7614 MW

Proposed Wind Farms – Early Planning (England)

October 2022 – 15723 MW

Proposed Wind Farms – Early Planning (Wales)

October 2022 – 500 MW

Proposed Wind Farms – Early Planning (Scotland)

October 2022 – 30326 MW

Total of Operational, Under Construction And Proposed Wind Farms

October 2022 – 60788 MW

Possible Wind Farms

In addition, these wind farms have been talked about and could possibly be developed.

  • Celtic Sea – Erebus – 100 MW Demonstration Project
  • Celtic Sea – Valorus – 300 MW Early-Commercial Project
  • Celtic Sea – Petroc – 300 MW Project
  • Celtic Sea – Llywelyn – 300 MW Project
  • Celtic Sea – Llŷr Wind – 100 MW Project
  • Celtic Sea – Llŷr Wind – 100 MW Project
  • Celtic Sea – Gwynt Glas – 1000 MW Project
  • Scotland – Salamander – 100 MW Project
  • Scotland – West of Orkney – 2000 MW Project
  • East Of Shetland – Map Reference 18 – 500 MW Project
  • East Of Shetland – Map Reference 19 – 1800 MW Project
  • East Of Shetland – Map Reference 20 – 500 MW Project
  • Shetland – Northern Horizon – 10000 MW Project
  • INTOG – Cerulean Winds – 6000 MW Project

These figures total 8700 MW, so by the early 2030s, it would not be unreasonable to see an offshore wind capacity of nearly 9000 MW or 90 GW.

November 17, 2022 Posted by | Energy | , , | 1 Comment

British Land Plans Underground London Logistics Hub

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction Enquirer.

This is the sub-title to the article.

British Land is planning to create an underground low-carbon logistics hub in central London.

Note.

  1. The former Crossrail box works site beneath Kingdom Street in Paddington is being turned into the logistics hub.
  2. The site was returned to British Land’s ownership when the Elizabeth Line opened.
  3. There will be a 13-storey office above the box.
  4. The 21-storey office at the Five Kingdom Street site has been reduced to seven storeys, to meet today’s expectations for environmentally-sustainable design and occupier wellbeing.
  5. The urban logistics hub would facilitate deliveries within Westminster using electric vehicles and cargo bikes

It looks to me, that this logistics hub has similar aims and objectives, to British Land’s other planned hub, that I wrote about in Finsbury Square Car Park Becomes British Land Hub For Delivery Drivers.

Conclusion

British Land seem to have a plan to develop low carbon logistics hubs.

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