CUMMINS POWERED TRAIN IS FIRST TO RUN IN B20 BIODIESEL TRIAL PROGRAM
07 June 2007
London (June 7, 2007) - A Cummins powered train is the first in the UK to run on B20 biodiesel fuel in a trial program initiated by Virgin Rail Group Ltd. The Virgin Voyager train left London Euston Station today on scheduled passenger service to begin evaluating the use of biodiesel in high speed rail applications. The train is powered by four Cummins QSK19 underfloor diesel engines, one in each car, with a total installed power of 3,000 hp (2,238 kW).
"Cummins UK is providing technical support to the B20 biodiesel trial program and we are excited to be working with Virgin Rail Group and the train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, to bring more environmentally friendly solutions to the transport industry," commented Chris Truman, General Manager of Cummins UK Rail Business. "The trial programme will be seen as a significant step forward to encourage greater understanding of how renewable fuel can be utilised," he added.
By using 20 percent biodiesel in the Virgin Voyager trial program, this will further reduce the carbon footprint of the train. Compared to equivalent passenger numbers travelling by car or domestic flights, the Virgin Voyager trains offer substantially lower carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions. Since 2001, the Virgin Voyager fleet has played an important role in improving service reliability and reducing journey times. Operating an intense duty-cycle of up to 19 hours per day, the QSK19 engines are purpose designed for fuel-efficient operation in highly demanding applications. The 352 engines installed in the fleet have the capability to be re-manufactured multiple times by Cummins UK, offering a further environmental benefit by extending engine life.
The Virgin Voyager evaluation program will determine the suitability of biodiesel fuel characteristics for intensive train operations. The B20 biodiesel has been specially produced by Greenergy for rail applications as a mixture of 20% B100 (pure biodiesel) and 80% Ultra-Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD). Each element complies with the relevant standard; B100 to BS EN14214 biodiesel standard and ULSD to BS EN590 diesel standard. The B100 pure biodiesel element of the blend is derived from rapeseed, soybean and palm-based crops, which as a renewable product helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
About Cummins in the UK
Cummins UK is a wholly owned division of Cummins Ltd. and is the Cummins sales and service distributor for the UK and Ireland. With a support network of 14 locations and mobile service engineers, Cummins UK meets the needs of its customers across a range of markets from rail, marine and automotive to construction and mining. Cummins UK has 475 employees and is headquartered in Wellingborough, Northants. Cummins Ltd. has a substantial manufacturing presence in the UK, including the mid-range engine plant in Darlington and high horsepower engine plant in Daventry. Together with other Cummins manufacturing locations, the company has over 5,000 employees in the UK.
About Cummins Inc.
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $715 million on sales of $11.4 billion in 2006.