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AMPS Control Technology Contributing to Emissions Reduction

AMPS is proud to provide the overall control architecture for the Railserve LEAF®. This technology is helping to drastically reduce fuel consumption and harmful greenhouse gases by means of our innovative control systems implementation which is what drives us at AMPS. See how AMPS technology is impacting the industry in the link below.

Duke Energy reduces emissions, fuel use with coal-plant locomotive

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Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) features Corvus Energy’s batteries in innovative hybrid locomotive

ALEXANDRIA, OHIO (Aug. 21, 2012) ¾ Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) has selected 16 Corvus Energy industrial use lithium-ion AT6500-48V batteries for a prototype hybrid switching locomotive being developed by AMPS with the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

AMPS modular gen-set package with a hybrid gen-set module is the first of its kind in the road switching/short line locomotive marketplace. It is anticipated that repowering a conventional road switching locomotive with AMPS hybrid gen-set package will reduce NOx emissions by up to 98% and achieve 65% fuels savings. For railcar movement indoors or in sensitive areas, AMPS Hybrid Gen-Set locomotive will be able to function for short periods of time with zero emissions due to the ability to operate without running the internal combustion engine.

The testing phase for performance and emissions will be carried out in early 2013. When complete, the environmentally-friendly locomotive will be operated in the state of Texas where it will be used to move rail yard rolling stock by Railserve, Inc. A Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company.  It is expected that the locomotive will be ready for the marketplace by spring 2013. Read More

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. Read More

AMPS Innovative Modular Hybrid Gen-set Technology

AMPS Innovative Modular Hybrid Gen-set Technology

With the help of a New Technology Research and Development (NTRD) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Alternative Motive Power Systems (AMPS) is developing the first modular gen-set package with a hybrid gen-set module in the road switcher/short line locomotive marketplace. This Multiple GenSet/Hybrid Gen-set model will provide an ideal cost effective product to address emission reduction needs while filling the heavy duty application requirements of the market and is particularly suited to road switcher/short line locomotives which operate below 35 mph. “While my background is with locomotives, we have brought our diversity of experience with locomotives, port container handling equipment and military vehicles to bear on this locomotive” [Dan Frederick, Principal, AMPS]. To date, no manufacturer other than AMPS is offering a hybrid gen-set option.

Assembly of the proto-type locomotive will be performed by Railserve Inc., a Marmon Group/Berkshire Hathaway Company. Load and emissions testing of the prototype in comparison to a conventional switcher locomotive will take place at a rail yard in Houston, Texas and will be carried out by infoWedge, a California based emissions’ measurement company. Read More

Freight Locomotive Market Update

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