Artemis scoops environment prize at national railway innovation awards

Artemis Intelligent Power took top spot at the prestigious annual Railway Industry Innovation Awards, held in London on 22 June.

The best innovations in the rail industry were in the spotlight at the ceremony, and the Edinburgh technology inventors won the Environment award for their Rail Accessory Drive project – which uses an E-dyn® 96 Digital Displacement® hydraulic pump in the auxiliary drive system of specially-equipped ScotRail class 170 Turbostar train.

Artemis Senior Design and Development Engineer Shashank Gupta attended the awards, hosted by publication Modern Railways, and accepted the trophy from Jon Shaw, Network Rail’s Chief Engineer.

Shashank Gupta at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards

Shashank Gupta at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards

Jon congratulated Artemis for their leadership in this field while calling for the industry to continue innovating to reduce the sector’s carbon emissions.

Speaking at the awards, Shashank said:

“I’d like to offer special thanks to our colleague Stephen Laird for taking the initiative and seeing potential in this application, but as ever it’s through the effort of many people that we’ve reached this point. 

“We have been running a tandem E-dyn 96 underneath a public service train, with fare-paying passengers on board, for 3,000 hours and 100,000 miles so far with barely a beat missed. 

“The indicated fuel savings are around 9,900 litres a year. Roll that kind of saving out across just the Scottish fleet and there’s the potential to save 1.5 million litres of fuel.”

Artemis believes this project is just the start of a digital revolution in hydraulics which will transform other sectors, such as off-road vehicles, where  digital hydraulics will enable greater control and radically reduced fuel consumption.

It’s now hoped the fuel-saving technology can be adopted across Scotland’s rail network – and potentially in trains worldwide.