Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Eminox SCRT Technology for East Midlands Railway Class 170

Eminox SCRT technology will be fitted to a Class 170 train operated by East Midlands Railway.

A firm has secured six-figure funding to trial pioneering emissions reduction technology on a diesel train operated by a Midlands rail operator.

Train leasing company Porterbook, in Derby, has received £400,000 from Innovate UK, backed by the Department for Transport, to fit Eminox SCRT technology to a Class 170 Turbostar train it leases to East Midlands Railway (EMR).

 The Eminox technology will be fitted to a Class 170 Turbostar train which Porterbrook leases to East Midlands Railway

The objective of the trial will be to evaluate whether the technology can deliver reduced carbon, particulate matter, hydrocarbons and NOx emissions from these particular diesel trains, making them more environmentally friendly.

The EMR trial follows the recent successful trial of Eminox catalytic-converter technology on a South Western Railway Class 159 diesel train serving the London-Salisbury-Exeter route.

Porterbrook is working on the project with Eminox, Bosch Rexroth and DG8 to install and monitor the cutting-edge technology.

The equipment installation on the EMR trains is expected to take place in early 2021 with the trials taking place over the course of three months.

Once the trial is complete, the Eminox technology is likely to be deployed on a number of Class 170 fleets serving communities across Britain’s railway.

Mary Grant, chief executive at Porterbrook, said: “As a rolling stock asset management business, Porterbrook takes seriously its responsibility to develop innovative ways of reducing emissions.

We are particularly pleased to be able to do this by drawing on proven technologies.

“Porterbrook believes by partnering with our customer East Midlands Railway and after-treatment specialists, Eminox, we can accelerate the delivery of cleaner and more environmentally friendly trains to Britain’s railways.”

Neil Bamford, fleet director at East Midlands Railway, said: “We are pleased to be working with Porterbrook on this exciting new trial.

“If successful, it could enable our fleet of 170s to run in a more environmentally friendly way and provide benefits to our passengers, staff and the communities we serve.”

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: “The success of this trial in reducing harmful emissions underlines the importance of the First of a Kind competition, which funds pioneering projects to support better, more environmentally friendly rail journeys.

“Reducing the railway’s environmental impact and supporting decarbonisation is a priority for this government. Harnessing innovation like this will be crucial in making our railways greener and cleaner in the future.”