Wednesday, August 22, 2012

AMPS developing “gen-set” locomotive

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Alexandria, Ohio-based Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) said Tuesday it has selected 16 Corvus Energy industrial use lithium-ion AT6500-48V batteries for a prototype hybrid switching locomotive being developed by the company, with the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

AMPS says its modular gen-set package with a hybrid gen-set module "is the first of its kind in the road switching/short line locomotive marketplace. "

Corvus Energy is based in Richmond, British Columbia.

AMPS claims "repowering a conventional road switching locomotive with AMPS hybrid gen-set package will reduce NOx emissions by up to 98% and achieve 65% fuels savings. For railcar movement indoors or in sensitive areas, AMPS Hybrid Gen-Set locomotive will be able to function for short periods of time with zero emissions due to the ability to operate without running the internal combustion engine."

The testing phase for performance and emissions will be carried out early next year After that, the locomotive will be operated by Railserve, Inc., in railyard use.