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Decarbonisation of High-Speed Bi-Mode Trains through Optimal Power Control (Deecarb)

With the scaling-back of the electrification of the UK’s railway network, novel solutions are required to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions from rail transport.

Our Aim

In collaboration with industry partners Angel Trains and Great Western Railway and sponsorship from Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), this project will model both the current bi-mode electric trains, which run on electricity available from overhead lines, and on diesel powered trains, when electricity is not available. The use of advanced control methods will then be used to reduce carbon dioxide generated by these trains, reducing the carbon footprint of travelling by rail.

Our Research

The group are utilising modelling and control expertise nurtured over several years to develop a detailed model of the bi-mode rail vehicles. These models will be validated against data from industry partners to ensure that they accurately represent real-world vehicles.

Our Outcomes

With the aim of optimising the control of these vehicles to reduce their fuel usage and carbon dioxide output, the group hopes to help further reduce the carbon dioxide generated by the UK’s rail network.

Dr Will Midgley, Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering

“This is a great opportunity to work with RSSB and our industry partners to develop not only a new way of modelling these trains, but also a novel control algorithm. These tools will help to reduce the carbon dioxide generated by these bi-mode trains, helping to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.”

Dr Will Midgley, Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering

Athena Swan Bronze award

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3TU