TSI Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) rubber tyre gantry crane equipped with Railpower's hybrid power plant achieves 74% fuel savings



    VANCOUVER and MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW/ - TSI Terminal Systems Inc.
("TSI"), and Railpower Technologies Corp. (TSX: P) ("Railpower"), today
announced that they have completed the preliminary testing of Railpower's
first ECO Crane(TM) hybrid power plant recently installed on one of TSI's
60-tonne rubber tyred gantry cranes (RTGs). This installation is the first of
three units slated for TSI. The diesel/battery hybrid power plant has achieved
74% fuel savings during these first active duty tests, a performance never
accomplished before using alternative approaches.
    Traditional RTGs are used to load and unload containers onto trucks in
the terminal and offer excellent utilization of the terminal with maximum
flexibility of operation. The RTGs are mobile equipment driven by electric
motors that are powered by large on-board diesel generation sets. Railpower's
technology consists of replacing a conventional diesel generator set with a
smaller diesel engine/alternator and lead-acid battery energy storage
combination (hybrid). This hybrid RTG, possibly the world's largest hybrid
rubber tyred vehicle and container-handling RTG, is showing impressive results
in initial testing.
    "The Railpower hybrid solution was chosen because it offered an
impressive reduction in fuel consumption and by far the largest emission
reductions", said Joe Murphy, VP Engineering and Maintenance, TSI. "We liked
the hybrid approach because it inherently incorporates all the strategies for
reducing fuel usage and emissions reduction".
    The fuel burn rate observed during active typical duty cycles was
2.08 gal/h for a fuel power efficiency of 12 kWh/gal, very close to the most
efficient existing generators used for residential and industrial power
supply. The conventional diesel generators used on conventional RTG cranes of
this size burn approximately 8.0 gal/h for active duty cycles.
    As RTGs usually operate in active duty during half to two-thirds of the
time that they are powered for service, the average fuel savings over a long
period could be even better. The reduction of emissions of green house gases
has not yet been measured but will, at a minimum, be as significant as the
reduction of fuel consumption.
    The hybrid powered RTG crane has been incorporated into TSI's fleet and
has been operating daily on the terminal.
    Railpower's patent pending ECO Crane(TM) unique technology combines two
features: capacity to level the power provided by the prime power source to
the average demand, and capacity to regenerate an average of 70% of the energy
when hoisting containers down. This is achieved by using a smaller than
conventional diesel generator and a battery equipped energy storage system.
The ECO Crane(TM) system can be used as a replacement for existing generator
sets as well as being installed on new crane equipment.
    "The hybrid conversion of TSI's RTG cranes is one of our key initiatives
to reduce emissions. Last year, we were the first container terminal in Canada
to implement a biodiesel fuel program. Our commitment to the environment is to
further reduce emissions and our impact on the natural environment wherever
practicable," said Norman Stark, President and CEO of TSI, which is owned by
GCT Global Container Terminals Inc. "We currently operate more than 40 RTG
cranes at our two container terminals in the lower mainland. If the prototype
continues to be successful, TSI intends to enter into an agreement with
Railpower to continue retrofitting our fleet of RTG cranes with Railpower's
hybrid power plant system."
    "These results demonstrate the outstanding suitability of our hybrid
technology for mobile cranes and represent a significant milestone in our
development of this new product line. TSI brings a significant level of
expertise and technology to this initiative, which has enhanced our
relationship considerably. We believe that the current increase in cargo
volumes as well as in environmental awareness, combined with the remarkable
ROI and performance that our technology offers for equipment operating at duty
cycles that ideally match hybrid technology capabilities, represent a
significant market opportunity for Railpower," said José Mathieu, President
and CEO of Railpower.

    About TSI

    A wholly-owned subsidiary of GCT Global Container Terminals Inc., TSI
Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI) operates two terminals in the lower mainland of
Vancouver, British Columbia: Vanterm and Deltaport.  Between these two
terminals, TSI handles nearly 1.8 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) of
cargo every year.  TSI is the largest terminal employer in the Port of
Vancouver with an annual payroll exceeding $150 million.  TSI is a strong
supporter of the communities in which it operates. In addition to TSI, GCT
Global Container Terminals Inc. owns container terminals in New York and New
Jersey. For more information, please visit www.tsi.bc.ca

    About Railpower

    Railpower (TSX: P), (www.railpower.com) is a leader in specialized energy
technology systems for the transportation industry.  Its origins and initial
focus are in the development, construction, marketing and sales of specialized
energy technology systems for railroad applications.  Our technologies
significantly reduce fuel usage, operating and maintenance costs, and
emissions.  While Railpower's origins are in the transportation industry, its
technologies have broad potential and applications in other markets and
industries.  Railpower is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec.  Its U.S. office
is located in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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For further information:

For further information: Joe Murphy, Vice President, Engineering &
Maintenance - TSI, (604) 215-5700, jmurphy@tsi.bc.ca; José Mathieu, President
and CEO, (450) 678-5277 ext.501, jmathieu@railpower.com; Serge Mai, Director,
Applications Engineering, (450) 678-5277 ext. 514, smai@ railpower.com

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