OptiFuel developing near-zero emissions RNG-fueled locomotive

By Adnan Bajic OptiFuel Systems said it is in the process of finalizing a $2.6 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant to demonstrate a pre-production Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) hybrid 4,300 hp line-haul locomotive.

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The program will demonstrate that a suite of commercially available, EPA rail-certified engines present a near-term, low-risk solution to create an RNG hybrid line-haul locomotive with near-zero emissions.

This new program, partially funded with the DOE grant, will allow pre-production testing at AAR’s Transportation Technology Center (TTCI). It will also operate in-service with a regional railroad to validate that OptiFuel’s technology can also be applied in

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