Wabtec and Roy Hill to introduce battery-electric heavy-haul freight locomotive


US locomotive and railcar producer Wabtec and Roy Hill, an Australian iron ore mining firm, lately debuted the FLXdrive battery locomotive at Wabtec’s Pennsylvania design and growth heart.

The locomotive has an power capability of seven MWh and is anticipated to offer a double-digit-percentage discount in gasoline prices and emissions per prepare. After last battery set up and monitor testing, will probably be delivered to Roy Hill services within the Pilbara area of Western Australia.

At present, Roy Hill makes use of 4 Wabtec ES44ACi diesel-electric locomotives in a consist to drag trains which might be sometimes 1.6 miles in size and carry greater than 36,000 tons of iron ore. Including the FLXdrive will kind a hybrid locomotive consist with the diesel-electrics and supply recharging by way of regenerative braking. The FLXdrive’s power administration software program is designed to manage the general prepare power circulate and distribution, and its thermal administration system makes use of liquid cooling to face up to Pilbara temperatures that may attain 130° F.

“Through the use of regenerative braking, the FLXdrive will cost its battery on the 214-mile downhill run from our mine to the port facility and use that saved power to return to the mine, beginning the cycle over again. This won’t solely allow us to comprehend power efficiencies but additionally decrease working prices,” stated Gerhard Veldsman, CEO of Group Operations at Hancock Prospecting, the bulk proprietor of Roy Hill.

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