It was announced today that New Jersey is taking steps to clean up the emissions caused by their rail system. The state will have three new low-emission locomotives on its tracks through a partnership between CSX Transportation and PSEG Power.
The new GenSet locomotives built by National Railway Equipment Company reduce nitrous oxide and particulate matter emissions by 80 percent and reduce CO2 emission by 50 percent. The GenSets will be used for switching cars on the railyards, but could also be used for road switching service.
The reduction in CO2 emissions is accomplished by the use of a "sleep mode" that stops engine idling after a period of inactivity. Switcher locomotives usually idle for hours during a shift, due partly to the long start-up time once the engine is turned off, releasing loads of dirty emissions.These new GenSet switchers start quickly and feature two smaller EPA-certified diesel generators instead of one large one that produce only the force required for the load, allowing them to be more efficient and to drastically cut emissions.
CSX has also deployed the GenSet in Chicago railyards.
via Greentech Media
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