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Natural Gas Locomotive Technology Workshop Report

  • 02
  • Oct
  • 2012
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
KEYWORDS: Natural Gas Locomotive Technology; NG; Argonne National Laboratory
ABSTRACT: The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that the supply of natural gas (NG) in America will last more than 100 years, thanks to hydraulic fracking of shale rocks. Fracking is a process by which natural gas is extracted from rock buried deep within the ground, and it has decreased the cost of NG (compared with diesel fuel) by more than 50 percent. Fuel usage accounts for 42 percent of the railroad (RR) industry’s operational costs. Therefore, there is a significant potential cost-saving opportunity in using NG in locomotive engines.
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