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Fireless Technology for Ferrys

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Up to now the fireless technology has only be used for shunting locomotives. Thanks to the enormous storage capacity of hot water under pressure, the simple and extremely reliable technology can be envisaged for other applications as well. Following the results of previous general study on behalf of the Swiss Department of Energy BFE, a detaild study for ferry operation on fireless steam will now be undertaken.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 15:29

Grosser Erfolg des Dampfevents vom 26. und 27. April 2014 zur Feier 750 Jahre Winterthur

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Rund 9000 Besucher erfreuten sich an den zahlreichen Dampflokomotiven, Dampfwalzen und Dampfmaschinen, die am Wochenende des 26. und 27. April im Areal zwischen dem Bahnhof Winterthur und der ehemaligen Lokomotivfabrik SLM vorgeführt wurden. Ausführlicher Bericht siehe Anhang:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 15:15

Vortrag an der TU Berlin am Dienstag, den 4. Februar 2014

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Der Vortrag zum Thema: Moderne Dampflokomotivtechnik beginnt um 16 Uhr, siehe Anhang. Er ist öffentlich, der Eintritt ist frei.

Download this file (DLM20140104_Waller_Folie1.ppt)Vortrag an der TU Berlin[ ]1201 Kb

Alternative Energy for Shunting, Suburban Traffic, Commercial Vehicles and Ferries

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Worldwide, oil products dominate transport to 99%. This enormous dependence is dangerous. The globalized production needs cheap transport. If the oil prize increases drastically, the system becomes unstable. Who knows how long the oil prize will remain stable? It would be wise to look for alternatives now.

In cooperation with the foundation Swiss Excellence and two Swiss Universities, DLM has worked out a study proposing oil-free alternatives in transport. The study had been ordered by the Swiss Department of Energy BFE and is available in German only, but heavily illustrated. To see or download please click :

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The advantages of the proposed technology are enormous. Any type of energy can be used.

- Reduction of the dependence on oil

- Use of "free" energy such as waste heat, solar heat and geothermal energy possible

- CO2-neutral operation with biomass such as wood chips or pellets possible

- Substantially lower capital-, operating- and maintenance costs

- Emissionfree operation, no oxygen needed (important for work in tunnels and tunnel rescue)

- No idling, no waste of energy (Diesel locomotives in shunting spend 75% of the time idling, when discharging wagons up to 95%)

- Significant noise reduction compared to combustion engines

New: Heating container allows the use independent of industrial energy sources. In cooperation with an industrial partner DLM has developed a 20'-ISO-Heating container fired with wood chips. Compared to diesel fuel, wood chips cost a fraction.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 09:39

Full Steam ahead for historic Motorship "Spiez" of Lake Thun in Switzerland

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In 2006 the Swiss Ökozentrum Langenbruck, in cooperation with Utz Engineering and DLM, investigated the possibility to equip the screw ship "Spiez" with a steam engine again. The ship had been built in 1901 and was rebuilt and motorized several times during its interesting life. The study looked at the possibilities to burn biomass (pellets) instead of oil. The studies are attached, but only availabale in German, sorry for this.

Whilst the restauration has began, there is now a good chance for steam again, thanks to some significant donations. Keep your fingers crosssed!

DS Spiez 1901 mit Kohlefeuerung

MS Spiez wartet auf die Restaurierung und Revaporisierung

Download this file (Projektbeschrieb Pelletsschiff Spiez.pdf)Projektbeschrieb Pelletsschiff Spiez[Projektbeschrieb Pelletsschiff Spiez]429 Kb
Download this file (Schlussbericht Studie Ökozentrum DOC 103 SB 061222.pdf)Bericht Revaporisierung MS Spiez[Bericht Revaporisierung MS Spiez]1045 Kb
Download this file (Zürcher Herz für Thunersee-Dampfer - ThunerTagblatt 2013-07-19.pdf)Revaporisierung beschlossen[Revaporisierung beschlossen]239 Kb
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 09:04

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