Through Chart LNG technology, natural gas as a fuel for locomotives is now a reality.
The technology to power locomotives using LNG was proven by Chart more than 20 years ago on switching engines in North American rail yards. Today, with increased environmental concerns and escalating costs of diesel, there is huge renewed interest in LNG from the rail operators, particularly in areas, like North America, where the costs and logistics of establishing an electrification infrastructure would be prohibitive. In 2017 Florida East Coast Railway announced it was the first North American railroad to adopt natural gas for its entire line-haul locomotive fleet and the key to the fueling is a Chart designed and built LNG tender, which feeds twin locomotives for up to 900 miles of heavy haulage service. As the first of its kind, design safety is absolutely paramount and the cryogenic tender car was extensively modeled to withstand worst-case side impact and derailment scenarios.
In this particular design the ISO container holds up to 10,000 gallons of LNG and can dispense natural gas to the locomotives via a submerged pump; via pressure transfer; or via an economizer system. All of this is automatically controlled from a PLC system.
Through Chart expertise, delivering gas seamlessly to the locomotive is now a reality and operators can enjoy significantly reduced emissions and realise fuel cost savings of up to 50%, without compromising performance, by switching to LNG.
Read the full story here FEC goes LNG
We are delighted to share this short video from MotorWeek’s Clean Cities series demonstrating the environmental and financial benefit of the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) project. See how FEC has reduced carbon and sulphur emissions by > 25% and 40% respectively on the Jacksonville to Miami route and are expecting to reduce operating costs by $2 million per annum as a result of switching from diesel.