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Grand Central and G-Volution - Decarbonising passenger rail with gas

As part of a UK RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board) funded project and in support of the project lead, G-volution Ltd, Clean Air Power’s technology has been utilised in the dual fuelling of one of Arriva’s Grand Central Class 180 Diesel Multiple Unit’s (DMU’s). This dual fuel concept enables the substitution of a proportion of diesel with liquid natural gas thus demonstrating the feasibility of applying this technology to passenger rail.

Their ServoJet Precision Injectors provide the high flow rate and precise delivery of gas to help maximise diesel substitution while retaining the highest levels of durability and reliability required for passenger rail.

Richard McClean, Managing Director at Grand Central, said: “At Grand Central we are committed to innovation and excellence on the railways and we are committed to delivering improvements for the benefit of our customers and the communities in which we serve.

“This trial, which involves one of our Class 180 Adelante trains, has the potential to demonstrate the very real and important environmental and cost benefits of dual fuel technology to the wider rail industry. We are looking forward to seeing the results of the study and discovering how dual fuel technology can be developed in the future.”

Richard McClean added: "Clean Air Power is now active in a number of projects to demonstrate the feasibility of multi-fuel strategies to assist in the decarbonisation of rail by targeting some of the most popular freight locomotives on the UK’s rail network."

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