Innovating with Purpose
Wabtec is Leading the Transition to a More Utilized, Efficient, and Low-Carbon Rail Network
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For more than 150 years, our innovation has helped drive the industry toward a more sustainable and clean energy future.
We are advancing our sustainability priorities both through our commitments to our people, communities, and planet, as well as by innovating next generation technologies that reduce emissions, energy consumption, and waste, and increase fuel efficiency for our customers through advancements in our equipment and digital solutions.
FLXdrive™ Battery Electric Locomotive
Over the last year, Wabtec took a bold step toward a low-to-zero-emission locomotive future with the world’s first heavy-haul 100-percent battery-electric locomotive – called FLXdrive™. The locomotive, powered by approximately 20,000 battery cells, was tested in revenue operation across more than 13,320 miles of hilly terrain in San Joaquin Valley, California.
Operating in a consist between two other locomotives and with a battery capacity of 2.4 megawatt hours, FLXdrive successfully reduced overall fuel consumption by more than 11 percent — the equivalent to over 6,200 gallons of diesel fuel saved and approximately 69 tons of CO2 emissions reduced.
The next version of FLXdrive is currently in development and expected to be ready for market in 2023. With a battery capacity of more than 7 megawatt hours, we anticipate further reducing fuel consumption and emissions by up to 30 percent.
Wabtec’s Trip Optimizer Zero-to-Zero system is an advanced technology that allows a train to start from zero miles per hour (mph) and stop automatically using intelligent controls. This technology builds on Trip Optimizer’s proven performance, which has already saved railroads more than 400 million gallons of fuel since its inception and reduced CO2 emissions by over 500,000 tons per year. Trip Optimizer is utilized by all Class 1 railroads in the U.S. as well as by many railroads globally.
Next Generation Friction Technology
Wabtec’s Green Friction product is the result of the Company’s expertise in friction materials and significant investments in the methodology of measuring the particles emitted during braking.
Over the past year, this technology has undergone rigorous testing with Paris region operator, RATP, and has proven its ability to reduce particle emissions from friction braking on metro trains by up to 90 percent. RATP and Wabtec have equipped two trains that operate on one of the busiest lines in Europe with this new technology for a final pilot. This technology represents a significant milestone on the journey towards cleaner tunnels for passengers and network personnel.
Metroflexx, Wabtec’s next generation braking system, is a foundational innovation for our Shift-to-Green ambitions.
Designed to meet customer and regulatory demands, Metroflexx significantly reduces the weight, energy consumption, and lifecycle cost of a train. Metroflexx communicates with the train computer and traction equipment to optimize the use of electrodynamic braking and was designed with sustainability in mind – 95 percent of the system’s parts can be recycled at end-of-life.
Wabtec is reducing port emissions with ShoreCONNECT, a flexible onshore power supply solution that connects electrical power to vessels at port, eliminating the need to use diesel. It connects one vessel to shore power with up to 16 MVA high voltage, self-propelled, zero-emission vehicles.
ShoreCONNECT installations position ports to help address the required 40 percent reduction in CO2 emissions from ships by 2030 and support the local sulfur emission control area established in the Baltic region. In addition, ShoreCONNECT helps to reduce noise pollution in ports because the engines are turned off while the vessels are connected.
Where We Are Headed
The Roadmap to Zero-Emissions Locomotives
Today, we have the capability and expertise to transition diesel-powered locomotives to battery power, which drastically reduces emissions. We are not stopping there. We expect to extend our technology further to include hydrogen fuel cells for rail and help lead the industry forward.