The idea of cleanest can be anywhere, include railway transportation. In this way, the use of biofuel is perceived as the clean, carbon neutral. Recently, a mixed group called Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR), a collaboration of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and Sustainable Rail International, released its plan to develop world’s cleanest higher-speed passenger locomotive.
According to CSR website, their goal is to “develop the world’s cleanest, most powerful higher-speed passenger locomotive, proving the viability of biocoal and modern steam technology”.
Biocoal links to cleanest locomotive? It seems the cleanest locomotive will produce less ash and other waste material.
Hence, biocoal refers to biomass that’s solid, dry, blackened material dense with energy. It has similar properties to coal, but is carbon-neutral and doesn’t contain heavy metals.
What’s make the rich energy solid biomass becomes carbon-neutral using technology? It cleans from the carbon emission? I’m not sure, as far I know, while we burn carbon material such biomass, there will be carbon released to air.
However, the carbon neutral project at railway industry marks very significant development. “Participation in the Coalition for Sustainable Rail has enabled our team to pursue one of the more exciting and potentially groundbreaking research projects in the history of IonE,” said Rod Larkins in the University’s news release.
According to Clean Technica, the preliminary research shows that CSR’s test locomotive will cost less to maintain and less to fuel, and will exhibit greater train-handling performance than any diesel-electric locomotives available today.