Industry Leading Research

Industry Leading Research

Expert railway research directing decarbonisation policy

Being at the forefront of environment, energy and railway sectors it is no surprise that Ricardo have been an integral part of industry research programmes on decarbonisation and alternative traction powersources. 

Two recent industry reports commissioned and published by the UK Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) explore key issues for the UK railway business in the areas of Air quality and decarbonisation in freight and the future costs of hydrogen and battery traction power.

Title - Decarbonisation and Air Quality Improvement: a Roadmap for the Rail Freight Industry
Contents - 199 pages
Date - August 2020
Title - Future Costs for Hydrogen and Battery power for Traction
Contents - 102 pages
Date - August 2020
Authors: 
Aleix Pons, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Harry Scammell, Analyst Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Richard Cornwell, Technical Specialist and Team Leader, Ricardo Automotive and Industrial
Jonathan Brown, Technical & Innovation Engagement Lead, Ricardo Rail
Nikolas Hill, Associate Director and Knowledge Leader – Transport Technology and Fuels, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Authors: 
Aleix Pons, Senior Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Colin McNaught, Technical Director, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Raphael Sibille, Principal consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Harry Scammell, Analyst Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
Georgios Martiko, Analyst Consultant, Ricardo Energy and Environment
David Bishop, Rail Director, SYSTRA
James Jackson, Associate, SYSTRA
Kevin Fothergill, EnAcumen
Peter Grey, EnAcumen
Contents
1 Introduction 
2 Market and policy context 
3 Baseline
4 Feasibility analysis
5 Policy options 
6 Modelling scenarios 
7 Analysis of impacts 
8 Roadmaps 
9 Conclusions
10 References
Appendix 1 –Interviews 
Appendix 2 – Model specifications 
Appendix 3 – Model user guide 
Appendix 4 – Detailed costs for the scenarios 
Appendix 5 – Energy Usage of Freight Trains 
Appendix 6 – Further information on lithium-ion batteries for transport applications 
Contents
1 Introduction 
2 Battery power supply systems
3 Hydrogen power supply systems
4 Use-case locations and energy requirements 
6 Conclusions
7 Recommendations for further research
Appendix 1 –WebTAG requirements 
Appendix 2 – Electrification and traction mix assumptions 
Appendix 3 – Model specifications and user guide 
Appendix 4: Extended results from the cost model

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