AMPS Featured at ASLRRA Tech Theater

Tech Theater

In the center of the exhibit hall at ASLRRA 2012 Connections, the 99th annual convention of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, is an open-topped temporary room, the Tech Theater, intended to give exhibitors a forum for more formal presentations to interested attendees.

The busy schedule includes 18 separate sessions, with most slated to last 15 minutes, on topics such as locomotive remote control technology, genset technology for short lines, idle reduction, safety-boosting technology, and more. A special session features a presentation by the Environmental Protection Agency. Electro-Motive Diesel sponsored the theater.

First session in the Tech Theater

Presentations began on Sunday afternoon, with Daniel C. Frederick, president of Alternative Motive Power Systems LLC (AMPS), discussing the company’s current projects, including the development of a “modular” locomotive that can accommodate both genset and hybrid modules. More than two dozen attendees were in the audience for that first session.

Erik Herzog, EPA

Monday’s schedule opened with the “Coffee Talk with the EPA” during the breakfast in the exhibit hall. The agency’s Erik Herzog talked about the EPA’s SmartWay Program; the new Technology Assessment Center, which brings together testing from SmartWay and the National Clean Diesel Campaign; and the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant program. The application period for the 2012 DERA grants opened on April 20 and will extend through June 4, Herzog said; the EPA anticipates notifying winners in July and making the awards in October.

 

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