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Organization Type 
Area of Expertise 
Background, Interest,
and Capabilities
Contact Information 
 Air LiquideAaron Harris Large Business Other Energy Technologies New propulsion systems development support and strong energy storage knowledge
- Hydrogen energy systems (supply of LH2 and GH2, vehicle or infrastructure storage, fuel cells, etc.)
- Methane energy systems (Biomethane from biogas, to CNG or LNG, etc.)
Charging/fueling infrastructure (support of auto/truck, rail, aviation)
- Fuel transfer technologies (transport, transfer to filling stations, rapid vehicle fueling, etc.)
- Logistics analysis (computational group)
Specializing in multiple decarbonization technologies
- Hydrogen economy
- Biomethane
- Gas separations (purification of gasses - CO2 removal)


Phone: 713-385-3939

Address: 9811 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX, 77024, United States
 Siemens Corporation, Corporate TechnologyKeryl Cosenzo Large Business Other Energy Technologies Located in Princeton, New Jersey, the US headquarters of Siemens Corporate Technology is one of several world-class research and development centers within Siemens. Our hundreds of research scientists and software engineers provide innovative technical solutions to the global family of Siemens’ businesses. We also work closely with Siemens’ customers, government agencies, universities, and various other organizations to execute fundamental and applied research projects across all of Siemens’ core technology fields (e.g., factory automation, simulations and modeling, business analytics, cybersecurity, etc.).

Our areas of competence & expertise include:

- Real-time industrial control and autonomous systems
- Dynamic multi-agent coordination and optimization
- Machine learning, probabilistic reasoning, and reinforcement learning
- AI-based prognostics, predictive maintenance, and condition monitoring
- Physics-informed machine learning for prognostics and control
- Multi-physics simulations and simulation-driven design optimization
- Safe, resilient, cybersecure, and trustworthy control systems
- Distributed computation and integration
- Cloud solutions & IIoT

Through close collaboration with our business divisions in Siemens Energy, Digital Industries, Smart Infrastructure, and Mobility, we are able to develop novel technologies and solutions on top of Siemens’ broad portfolio of industry-standard tools for automation, control, simulation, etc., and identify suitable commercial pathways for scaling up and transitioning the technologies we develop for real-world deployment.


Phone: +1 609 216-3853

Address: 755 College Road East, Princeton, NJ, 08540, United States
 University of HoustonHarish Sarma Krishnamoorthy Academic Transportation High density power conversion, medium frequency electronic transformers, improving and predicting the reliability of energy storage interface converters.


Phone: 7137437382

Address: 4726 Calhoun Rd., Electrical Engineering, Houston, TX, 77204, United States
 Southwest Research InstituteSteven G. Fritz Non-Profit Transportation SwRI's work with the railroad industry began in 1965 with the EMD silver lubricity lubricating oil qualification test program, which continues today. We have a long-standing association with the nation’s rail industry conducting a wide variety of lubricant, fuels and engine development related programs.

Emphasis in the 1980s was on operating locomotive engines using alternative fuels such as vegetable oils, natural gas, LPG, and even coal dust. The Gas Rail program in the 90s allowed SwRI and several industry partners to develop an EMD 12-710 to operate on either 100% diesel or 95% LNG. Operation on LNG resulted in a 75% reduction of NOX emissions while matching diesel engine performance.

With the introduction of emission control standards for locomotives, interest shifted to exhaust emissions testing, certification programs, and aftertreatment hardware development at the turn of the century. In addition to large engine test cells on SwRI's main campus, a locomotive emissions test center near downtown San Antonio was established to facilitate working with engines installed in locomotives. The facility was established in 1992 for the Association of American Railroads, and to date, more than 250 locomotives have been tested. Included in these tests have been projects for EPA, CARB, the California DOT (CaDOT), DOE, FRA, AAR, individual railroads and original equipment manufacturers.

Past locomotive engine projects include

Development of exhaust emissions test procedures
Baseline exhaust emissions studies
Effects of injection timing and aftercooling
Field testing of in-use locomotives
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) fuel effects study (2000) and renewable diesel study in locomotives (2020)
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and FRA biodiesel studies
Developmental support to meet EPA Tier requirements

SwRI has supported the railroad industry since 2005 for the EPA-required end of useful life emissions test program, assessing all Tiers of locomotives as they are due for overhaul to make sure they are still in compliance.

SwRI expertise in locomotive engine design and analysis, performance, aftertreatment systems, and alternative fuels is helping the industry continue improvements in fuel efficiency and associated GHG reductions, while at the same time achieving significant reductions in regulated emissions. We leverage technology developed for on-highway and nonroad diesel engines into these large diesel engine.


Phone: 210-522-3645

Address: 9503 W. Commerce St., Building 138, San Antonio, TX, 78227-1301, United States
 BNSF RailwayMICHAEL CLEVELAND Large Business Transportation Michael holds a MS from Texas A&M University in mechanical engineering and a bachelors in physics from Austin College. He has worked in the rail industry since 2010 when he joined BNSF as a mechanical foreman at their Lincoln, NE diesel shop. Since then he has held a variety of roles related to shop management and emerging locomotive technologies. Currently, Michael is manages BNSF's electrification initiative where battery electric and hybrid electric equipment are reviewed and implemented across the organization. In this role, he has managed projects related to locomotives, cranes, trucks, forklifts, and wayside energy storage. One of the most notable projects in this initiative, is the joint development of a battery electric locomotive that will operate to form a hybrid electric consist with Wabtec. In his role, Michael serves as the SME for battery electric and hybrid equipment as well as the liaison between rail operations and the supporting staff. Previous to this role, Michael served as the locomotive technology expert on BNSF's Liquified Natural Gas program. In this role, he gained significant experience in the operation, development, and implementation of gaseous fueled locomotives and their supporting tenders.


Phone: 8173521498

Address: 2600 Lou Menk Dr, Fort Worth, TX, 76131, United States
 Helix Power CorpJohn Bourneuf Small Business Other Energy Technologies Helix Power is developing a 1 MW flywheel system for energy storage/power management. Helix is targeting markets with very challenging (extreme) storage requirements. These include high power (1 MW+), high cyclic (1 million), rapid charge & discharge (~90 seconds), continuous operation and low life cycle costs.

Rapid transit is the Helix launch market needing such requirements. Helix technology has the potential reduce energy consumption in metro rail by 35-50% through productive use of energy from regenerative braking systems already installed on metro trains today. All but 5-10% of regenerative braking energy cannot be put back into the 3rd rail and goes overboard instead into resistor banks (heat waste) on the roof of the cars. The Helix storage system can reduce peak power requirements by 500KW per MW installed. The Helix system is clean technology which will reduce GHG production 800 tons/ year per MW installed. For rapid transit, the Helix storage system provides annual energy savings of $200K per MW, as well as the ability to defer $700K - $1M in sub-station expansion per MW of storage.

Depending on the specifics of the system, the Helix storage system could provide similar benefits to heavy freight and passenger rail systems and rail yard systems.

The flywheel is uniquely capable of meeting the above requirements. The actively cooled, long life and continuous operation flywheel system and power electronics control system has a distinct edge against other storage technologies such as batteries, ultra-capacitors and other flywheels. Batteries are not a good fit for an environment requiring many rapid and deep charge and discharge cycles. Any existing flywheels such as Vycon do not scale well to the size needed without significant redesign and follow-up validation testing.

Helix Power is currently ordering hardware for prototype assembly and test mid-2021. Helix is currently funded by NYSERDA and DoE/Sandia National Labs, and has been working closely with the NYCT, MBTA, Con Edison, and Source One for substantiation of the technology and use case requirements / benefits. Helix has a 2nd contract with NYSERDA for a 2nd flywheel system which could well be the first commercial unit in early 2022. In addition, Helix has developed 5 manufacturing and engineering alliances for all core expertise.

Helix has an issued patent for the full flywheel system and three patents-pending for key system technologies.


Phone: 617-510-9562

Address: 28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA, 02143, United States
 Wi-Tronix, LLCMichael Klabunde Small Business Transportation Wi-Tronix is the dominant provider of the IoT infrastructure for North American freight rail operators. We provide a comprehensive set of solutions that include: (a) on-board computers which gather and normalize data from all relevant on-board systems (now including both inward and outward facing video cameras); (b) communication systems to move that data to the cloud; and (c) cloud based infrastructure that stores the data and supports a wide variety of applications that utilize this information to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of rail operations. We are a SaaS company, providing railroads a wide variety of tools and services to improve the efficiency, reliability and safety of rail operators. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Video Analytics are all leveraged in our provided services.

As a locomotive OEM agnostic provider with a user base that includes many American freight rail operators, we hold (and can generally make available on an anonymized basis to researchers) over 15 years of comprehensive time-stamped and geolocated data from a wide variety of locomotives operating on virtually every track subdivision in the continent. In most cases we hold not only data which originated from onboard systems but also externally sourced data such as weather conditions, train consists, schedules etc. Researchers may be able to use this data to model the industry’s operations under a wide variety of scenarios.

Vehicle information typically recorded includes speeds, powers, temperatures, fuel levels, and the level of other data is dependent upon the specific locomotive models. Currently we have over 8,000 IoT platforms active on a wide range of locomotives.


Phone: 630-453-0724

Address: 631 E Boughton Rd, suite 240, Bolingbrook, IL, 60440, United States
 PACIFICABill Patz Small Business Transportation We are experienced integrators and assemblers of rail and transit technology with 20 years of working with both foreign and domestic team partners. We have a similar record installing and data logging heavy duty diesel emissions controls nationwide for a variety of customers to include Port Districts and fleets.


Phone: 206 764-1646

Address: po 81106, Seattle, WA, 98108, United States
 General Electric Company, GE ResearchGayathri Seenumani Large Business Transportation Background
a) Expertise in energy management systems for locomotives (diesel/electric/hybrid) and associated train automation.
b) Expertise and deep insight into the factors that affect minimum energy requirements and fuel consumption including train components, train operation as well as infrastructure – and mitigation strategies.
c) Expertise in optimizing rail car/train movement across the network (main line, yards, terminals) where there is significant interaction with other transportation modalities.
d) Originators of Wabtec’s Trip Optimizer™, Fuel-saving cruise control for trains that saves 10+ percent fuel.
e) Originators of Wabtec’s Movement Planner and Yard Planner products.

Teaming Interests
a) Teaming with an organization with transportation macro (network, economic, …) simulation/modeling capability.
b) Teaming with a railroad or AAR / TTCI.

Contribution Interests
a) Ensuring the modeling framework can answer open questions the industry will face if it is to decarbonize and optimization strategies for the same.
b) Leverage our significant experience in train control/automation/energy management from components to network.
c) Providing train minimum energy requirement models and key influencing factors (from components to infrastructure).
d) Provide right-sized component models for multiple motive sources for macro simulations (locomotives, network/yard/terminal operations, onboard and wayside energy storage).

a) Controls & Optimization Lab – 120 members (70% PhD’s) – Real-time optimization, Model based controls, Signal processing, Enterprise optimization, Business & Risk analytics.
b) Access to internal experts across different technologies (emissions, dual-fuel, combustion, thermal, controls, optimization, analytics, battery, fuel cell).
c) Simulation framework and detailed track and locomotive database (100 locomotive models, 120k+ miles, 900+ subdivisions globally).
d) Lithium ion battery lifing models and cell testing facilities.


Phone: +1 518 387 6588

Address: One Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY, 12309-1027, United States
 Virginia TechHesham A Rakha Academic Transportation The Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) ( at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTT) together with the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) successfully completed the ARPA-E TransNET project. As part of that effort the team developed a multi-modal agent-based modeling framework to develop and test alternative energy-efficient traveler incentives. The modeling framework simulates traveling via car, bus, train, bicycle and walking. As part of this effort the RailSIM modeling tool was developed to simulate the longitudinal motion of trains and their associated energy consumption. Key publications of this effort include:
1. Wang J. and Rakha H. (2017), “Electric Train Energy Consumption Modeling,” Journal of Applied Energy, Vol. 193, pp. 346-355.
2. Wang J. and Rakha H.A. (2018), “Longitudinal Train Dynamics Model for a Rail Transit Simulation System,” Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies. Vol. 86, pp. 111-123.
3. Wang J., Ghanem A., Rakha H.A., and Du J. (2020), “A Rail Transit Simulation System for Multi-modal Energy-efficient Routing Applications,” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
4. Elbery A., Bichiou Y., Rakha H.A., Du J., Dvorak F., and Klenk M. (2018), “City-level Agent-based Multi-modal Modeling of Transportation Networks: Model Development and Preliminary Testing,” in Smart Cities, Green Technologies, and Intelligent Transport Systems.
5. Du J., Rakha H.A., Elbery A.*, and Klenk M. (2018), “Microscopic Simulation and Calibration of a Large-Scale Metropolitan Network: Issues and Proposed Solutions,” 97th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 7-11. [Paper # 18-02086].
CSM has also conducted research on the optimization of train operations, as demonstrated in:
1. Yue Y., Qi X., Han J., Zhou L. and Rakha H.A. (2017), "Integrated Modeling and Optimization of Train Scheduling and Shunting at Complex Railway Stations," 96th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington DC, January 7-12. [Paper # 17-01821].
For more information please check out our publications on ResearchGate: We look forward to discussing teaming arrangements.


Phone: 5402311505

Address: 3500 Transportation Research Plaza (0536), Blacksburg, VA, 24061, United States
 DB Engineering & ConsultingAndreas Hoffrichter, PhD Large Business Transportation Deutsche Bahn (DB) is the largest railway by revenue, globally. Our support would be led by the U.S. subsidiary DB Engineering & Consulting USA Inc., headquartered in Sacramento, CA. DB has extensive train performance and energy modelling experience for railway services and we operate all railway services, including freight, switching, intercity, very high speed, commuter, transit among others. DB already has an extensive railway performance simulator that can assess motive power technologies. We are interested in all aspects of this opportunity and can contribute with our expertise while expanding and applying knowledge to a North American context. In Germany, electric, diesel, battery, hydrogen, renewable fuel, bi-mode, and hybrid trains are in operation and we could contribute with experience and possibly data.

Our simulation tools have been applied to many railway projects international, including in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and are beginning to the utilized in North America.


Phone: (916) 841-3947

Address: 770 L Street, Suite 1240, Sacramento, CA, 95814, United States

The engine works with Diesel and Natural Gas with a power of 4,000 kW.
It consumes 800 Kilo / hour diesel in the Diesel engine and 800 m3 / hour natural gas in the gas engine to run the generator of 4.000 kW. Steam is obtained from the exhaust waste heat from the engine and sent to the steam turbine to generate 2,000 kW of electricity and a total of 6,000 kW of electricity is produced.
Total productivity is on average 70%.

In addition, if the hot water system is included, a total efficiency of 94% is achieved by producing 7.200 Mj / h (2.000 kWh / h) hot water.

Depending on the demand, the plant can be installed at the desired power.


Phone: +905545929965

Address: NO: 44H / 2 ATATURK MAHALLESI, istanbul, Energy technology specialist, 34758, Turkey
Energy technology specialist