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New technology for old locomotives: Bio-coal could revive steam engines

(Source: Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, October 19, 2012)

A current effort using digital technology and new engineering aims to use carbon-neutral bio-coal being developed by the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) to revive steam locomotives. The Coalition for Sustainable Rail, a subsidiary of Sustainable Rail International, is raising money between $3 million and $5 million to update a steam locomotive.

Dubbed “Project 130” to reflect the desire to develop a locomotive that reaches 130 miles per hour, the sustainable rail effort began as a single track idea — a revival of steam locomotion.

Full story: Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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