The research project intends to explore cost-effective traction solutions for sustainable railway futures in Sub-Saharan African low-income countries.

This project will look at the following research questions.

  • What are the forecast transport volumes and energy and power requirements associated in LICs in Sub-Saharan Africa?
  • What zero-emission solutions are potential candidates for providing the necessary capabilities for the different lines in the region?
  • What retrofitting mechanisms could be achieved to implement zero-emission traction solutions to existing fleets?

Potential Impact
The adoption of zero-emission solutions to replace diesel traction in African railways. This research will develop and promote further knowledge and capacity on cost-effective zero-emission railway traction systems.

Study Country
Sub-Saharan Africa

Research Supplier
University of Birmingham
Prof Clive Roberts | Project Lead

A framework for zero emission traction solutions based on traffic volume projections gathered via stakeholder engagement will be designed.

The outputs of this research project will be valuable to state-owned and private railway operators, government bodies and regulators, funders and industry.

COVID-19 Response
This project will increase stakeholder engagement through virtual platforms, ensuring that the knowledge produced during the project is easily available online. The project will send short and directed surveys to collect the necessary information for modelling purposes, and will disseminate online videos on retrofitting specifications. Where necessary local partners will be used to support efforts in country.

Research Publications

Architectural Design Report

Capability Analysis Report

Simulation Report

Traffic Volume Report