Seminar Series

Decarbonising Bi-Mode Trains using Advanced Control


Dr Will Midgley


Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

Time & Place

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 12:00:00 NZST in E13 (Lecture Theatre), Engineering CORE


Transportation accounts for the largest proportion of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions. If the UK is to make its 2050 carbon zero pledge it must quickly decarbonise both road and rail transport. This project developed and validated a detailed forward-facing model of a bi-mode train (one that can run on electricity generated by the onboard diesel generator or from the overhead line equipment/catenary). The model showed that the CO2 emissions of the rail vehicle could be reduced by 19% without affecting its on-time performance. Accounting for the current CO2 intensity of the UK grid (carbon dioxide emitted per kilojoule of energy produced), electrifying the studied route would reduce its CO2 emissions by 76%.

Mech Eng Seminars, Dr Will Midgley

Mech Eng Seminars, Dr Will Midgley


Dr Midgley is Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering in the
Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University.
He did his PhD in the design and control of hydraulic hybrid heavy goods vehicles, and has spent time
in industry, working for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

His current research focusses on increasing the energy efficiency of electric vehicles and
decarbonising rail and road transport. He is also interested in the effects of uncertainty on the control
of nonlinear systems. He works closely with industry partners such as Volvo Trucks and Hitachi Rail

Mech Eng Seminars, Dr Will Midgley