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Gaining more Traction in Energy Efficiency

This two day seminar will be held at the IMechE on 27th - 28th November 2012.


Whilst rail remains one of the most energy efficient ways to move people and freight, advances in the other transport modes over the last decade have narrowed the gap.


Energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of railways is a perennially topical subject in the railway engineering community, but despite the time devoted to discussing it there is evidence that the cost of electricity - roundly £300mpa on NR and another £90mpa for TfL - is essentially regarded as fixed, and is always someone else’s problem.  Whilst train weights, hotel loads and performance have increased in recent decades to offset improved load factors, some incremental efficiencies in energy efficiency of the UK railway system have been achieved. However, other modes, in particular automotive and aviation have seen sustained improvements. And despite the demonstrable advantages of electrification – which have been understood for decades - and new-found governmental commitment to it, the UK’s railways are still under-electrified in world terms, perhaps because of high historic capital costs.


Speakers include:

  • Shamit Gaiger, Head of National Programmes - Industry Strategy, RSSB
  • Mark Gaynor, Technical Manager - Energy & Environment, DfT
  • Anne Watters, Design Interface Manager for HOPs Project, Amey
  • Steve Cox, Regional Engineering Delivery Manager, Balfour Beatty Rail Projects
  • Dr Martyn Chymera, Systems Performance Engineer, London Underground
  • Roger White, Professional Head of Electrification & Plant, Atkins
  • David Hartland, Engineering Director, Brecknell Willis
  • Clive Burrows, Group Engineering Director, First Group
  • Neil Ovenden, Engineering Manager, ATOC
  • John Evans, Principal Traction Engineer, Alstom West Coast Traincare
  • Jin Kato, Vehicle Systems Engineer, Toshiba
  • Richard Hathway, Senior System Engineer, Invensys

On the Evening of the 27 November delegates will get the opportunity to visit Greenwich Power Station.


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