THE CNH2 TAKE PART AT “INNOVATION IN ENERGETIC MANAGEMENT: RAILWAY CONTRIBUTION TO SUISTANABLE MOBILITY” PERFORMED BY SPANISH RAILWAY TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM.
On 13th May, the National Hydrogen Centre (CNH2) presented the European project FCH2Rail to the participants of the conference under the topic Distribution and Storage Technologies.
In this section many topics were treated like the development of the Hydrogen Refuelling Systems network from RFIG, introduction of hydrogen train into railway system or the use of super-capacitators and batteries as promising technologies in the future. The on-line conferences were a great success because of the interest that these innovations arouse in the current railway system. Mr. Carlos de la Cruz as a member of the PTFE and responsible for the CNH2 of the FCH2Rail project was invited to present the project at the conference.
The main objective of the project objective is the commissioning of a Bi-Mode train, converting a CIVIA electric commuter train (manufactured by the Spanish manufacturer CAF) and to integrate a fuel cell hybrid power pack in this train. The Spanish state railway operator Renfe is providing the train. One of the central components of the on board energy system are the packaged fuel cell system modules from Toyota Motor Europe (TME), while the batteries and power converters will be provided by CAF. Initial functional tests and trial runs for approval will take place on Spanish and Portuguese tracks with the support of the infrastructure managers Administrador de Infrastructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF) and Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP). The Spanish hydrogen research centre Centro National de Hidrogeno (CNH2) has been entrusted with the construction of a hydrogen fuelling station to refuel the prototype and in FCHPP testing before train integration.
With a budget of 14 million euros, the project aims to develop, demonstrate and approve such a system within the next four years. The project is funded with 10 million euros by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) (GA: 101006633).