LOCOMOTIVES: LOwering CO2 -- Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage

Project: Research project

Project Details


The US freight Class 1 rail system is a critical component of the vast transportation sector, responsible for the movement of a significant amount of freight throughout the country. New propulsion and energy storage (ES systems) technologies, as well as the charging/fueling infrastructure, must be developed and deployed if full decarbonization of fleet GHG emissions is to be achieved. The research team consisting of Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory brings unique and complementary expertise to develop and apply analysis, evaluation and decision tools to provide objective assessment of the effectiveness of various technologies and deployment strategies to significant reduce GHG emissions from the rail freight sector. The tools developed will provide the capability to examine trade-offs between various cost, benefit and other impact components of the different technologies and policies that may impact their deployment. These tools will help support railroad firm decision-making and agency policy formulation and evaluation. The outcomes of the research consist of publicly available planning tools for identification, evaluation, and prioritization of ES-related technology developments whose deployment would contribute to the decarbonization of the rail freight sector.
Effective start/end date9/7/214/30/24


  • Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (DE-AR0001469-0004)


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