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Feds providing $25K for rail transport emissions reduction project

A University of Alberta project is developing a computerized method to optimize the loading of trains in order to reduce wind drag

July 25, 2018  by Cleantech Canada Staff

EDMONTON—The federal government is investing $25,000 in a University of Alberta project dedicated to reducing emissions from rail transportation.

The project’s aim is to develop a computerized method to optimize the loading of trains in order to reduce wind drag.

Canadian National Railway estimates that each aerodynamic gap greater than 10 feet between containers can increase a train’s fuel consumption by up to 1 per cent.

“Clean technologies are a key part of Canada’s approach to sustainable economic growth. Through projects like this one, the University of Alberta can play a leading role in shifting Canada toward a low-carbon economy, reducing rail emissions, and generating jobs for Canadians. By helping to protect our environment and strengthen our economy, we are creating new opportunities that will allow our children and grandchildren to prosper for generations,” said Amarjeet Sohi, minister of Natural Resources.

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The funding is being provided through the Clean Rail Academic Grant Program, which supports academic research programs that are developing new technologies and practices that reduce air emissions from the rail sector.