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LOwering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES)


Through this LOCOMOTIVES Topic, ARPA-E seeks the development of validated planning and simulation tools that are able to model the deployment of a wide range of ES technologies in the Class 1 Rail Freight sector and that determine associated lifecycle GHG emissions and levelized cost of Mt-km (LCOTKM) values over various time scales (e.g., 10, 20, 30 years). ARPA-E seeks the development of these tools via two categories: i) a comprehensive, route-by-route model (“Full Roll-out Model (FRM)”), and ii) a reduced-scope model (“Bounding Model (BM)”), which is a solution to the required validated physical and economic core model. Please note that although Class 1 freight is the primary focus, proposals that additionally consider commuter railroads and/or shorter haul freight routes that intersect with Class 1 operations, such as sharing a section of track along one or more Class 1 freight route(s), for example, are also responsive to this Topic. At the conclusion of work sponsored under this Targeted Topic, ARPA-E envisions one or more models will be publically available for use by third-parties to study and support the cost-benefit analysis of fleet GHG emission decarbonization. The models would also be available to applicants and awardees under a future ARPA-E program, if any, to assist with concept development and optimization. ARPA-E may use these models, combined with information from other sources, to inform potential future program development, including a prioritization of ES technologies to pursue.
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