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Innovations in low carbon, low cost design: composites in rail electrification

Event organised by Railway Civil Engineers' Association

23 November 2023

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This event will look at how composites are already being used in the rail industry. The use of composites in rail electrification is gaining popularity due to their ability to lower costs and reduce embodied carbon emissions. Composites offer a lightweight alternative to traditional materials like steel, resulting in decreased transportation and installation expenses while also enhancing energy efficiency during operations. Their corrosion resistance extends the lifespan of rail infrastructure, reducing long-term maintenance costs. Composites are already being employed in the construction of overhead catenary systems.

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The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The RCEA promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering with areas of interest including main line, metros, London Underground and light rail.


Noel Dolphin

Noel Dolphin



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Noel Dolphin

Noel Dolphin is a director at Furrer+Frey, an electrification company. With 25 years of experience in construction, 23 of which are dedicated to the rail industry, Noel's expertise lies in managing electrification projects. He began his career at London Underground, working on a journey time projects, and later joined Network Rail, where he continued to oversee electrification projects.

For the past 11 years, Noel has been leading electrification projects at Furrer+Frey. He is a fellow of the Permanent Way Institute and sits on the PWI's electrification committee.

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