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Unlocking Innovation - Energy in Rail

Unlocking Innovation
26 March 2019
Schneider Electric
University of Warwick Science Park 
Sir William Lyons Road 
CV4 7EZ 

In 2018, the industry was set a challenge by the Government to decarbonise the network by 2040. In January, the industry responded to this challenge with the publication of the initial Rail Industry Decarbonisation Taskforce report. Last week, RIA published its Electrification Cost Challenge report, setting out how the cost of electrification can be reduced. The Rail industry is a big user of energy (more than 1% of all UK electricity for a start) and there is a pressure on us to reduce the energy we use and look for greener sources where we can.

This is where Unlocking Innovation: Energy in Rail comes in. RIA’s highly regarded Unlocking Innovation events bring together the people with ideas and ambition to drive change in rail. The events create a stimulating mix of large and small companies, academics and innovators with a practical aim of developing outputs that will drive the industry forward. Unlocking Innovation events also aim to create new supply chains, to build value and benefit the UK economy, rail suppliers and the ultimate customers, rail users.


Welcome to Schneider
Mike Hughes, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric UK

The De-Carbonisation Challenge Report
Andrew Kluth, Lead Carbon Specialist, RSSB

Reliable & Sustainable Power
Robert Forde, Programme Manager, Network Rail

Energy Innovation Plan
Michael Scott-Robinson, Principal Engineer, Transport for London

Hydrogen power
Stuart Hillmansen, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham

Developing the zero tail-pipe emissions and hydrogen powered vehicles
David King, Engineering Director, Vivarail

The Faraday Challenge for battery development
Kevin Brundish, AGM Batteries

Electrification Cost Challenge
David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association

Innovative Lighting Products
Bob Phelps, INDO Lighting Ltd 

Static frequency converters (SFCs) for traction power supplies
Ross Macfarlane, Mott McDonald

Power Electronic Convertors
Ben Nichols, University of Nottingham

Points Heating Energy Saving
Eduardo Mendoza, Points Heating Energy Saving

Clean hydrogen technology for the Rail Sector
Rodney Brook, Clean Power Hydrogen Group

Innovation Funding Incentives
Antony Beak, Jumpstart

Funding for engagement with the STFC Hartree Centre 
Jonathan Smith, Hartree Centre, STFC Daresbury Laboratory

Are batteries the best technology for track side electrical storage?
Keith Pullen, Gyrotricity

If there is something you want to present or exhibit then please get in touch with milda.manomaityte@riagb.org.uk to let us know.

We are grateful to RIA member Schneider Electric for the use of their Coventry campus and for the loan of cutting-edge demonstration equipment for delegates to interact with.


There is very little car parking on site, so please travel by train if you can. If you do arrive by car, then be aware this is a reverse to park site.
The nearest railway stations are Coventry Canley (West Midlands Trains), Coventry (West Midlands Trains, Cross Country & Virgin) and Coventry Tile Hill (West Midlands Trains)
26/03/2019 10:00 - 17:00
Sir William Lyons Rd Coventry CV4 7EZ UK

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