Deployment of hybrid systems for rail infrastructure to reduce energy consumption by 30%
The Action's main objective was to conduct a deployment study with two hybrid units' systems and to improve the rail infrastructure to be able to use the hybrid systems at a large scale. Its specific objective was to adapt the existing hybrid technologies to the needs of the rail sector and to deploy hybrid infrastructure systems, encompassing electrical battery power and diesel for rail infrastructure.
The Action covered real life trials in operational conditions, preparation of design for the necessary battery charging distribution network along the TEN-T network to enable and support the market uptake as well as a business plan containing the market uptake strategy. Two existing diesel locomotives type BR294 will be equipped with electro mechanical hybrid traction technologies. For these prototypes the energy efficiency and consumption were measured and compared during the real life trials for the situation with and without the hybrid components.
Upon completion of the Action, the hybrid infrastructure system was ready for commercialisation and the business plan contained a market uptake and exploitation strategy.