Lincolnshire-based emissions reduction specialist Eminox has teamed up with train-leasing company Porterbrook and Southwest Railway (SWR) to trial the world’s first fitting of SCRT® technology to diesel trains.
If the ground-breaking trial is successful, the technology could be fitted to hundreds of Britain’s existing diesel trains, helping to reduce air pollution on the railways.
This new partnership between Eminox, Porterbrook and SWR is being supported by the Department for Transport and delivered through InnovateUK’s First of a Kind funding.
Eminox SCRT® technology is a combination of catalysts and filters which is capable of removing harmful emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons by up to 90%.
If the trial proves successful, the innovation is likely to be deployed on a number of existing fleets across Britain’s railways.
Carlos Vicente, Retrofit Sales Director for Eminox, said: “We have taken our 20 years’ experience of on-road retrofit technology into the rail market so operators can utilise the best available technology to lower emissions and improve air quality.
“Eminox retrofit technology will help reduce diesel particulate matter from the rail network and deliver environmental benefits to the communities the railways serve.
“This is part of the government’s drive for a cleaner, greener economy by cutting emissions and removing diesel-only trains from the network by 2040.”
Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook, said: “As a rolling-stock asset management business, Porterbrook is keen to develop innovative ways of reducing emissions. We are particularly pleased to be able to do this by drawing on proven technologies from other sectors.
“Porterbrook believes by partnering with automotive after-treatment specialists at Eminox, we can accelerate the delivery of cleaner and more environmentally friendly trains to Britain’s railways.”
Neil Drury, Engineering Director for South Western Railway, said: “SWR is very pleased to be involved in this project.
“Environmental sustainability is a key element of our Sustainable Development Strategy, which is embedded across every part of the business.
“Energy and resources are a key theme in this strategy, alongside use of innovative technology, all designed to ensure we are an employer of choice actively supporting the communities we serve.”