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Fuel Cell Hybrid PowerPack for Rail Applications

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€13 341 610
EU Contribution
€9 999 999
Project Acronym
FCH2RAIL
STRIA Roadmaps
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
Rail icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,
Safety/Security
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-JTI-FCH-2020-1
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The European rail system is going green, transitioning to electrification and alternate fuel sources to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and, consequently, emissions. Currently, only Switzerland is 100 % electrified, and the rest of the countries have varying amounts of electrification. FCH2RAIL will develop a fuel cell hybrid powerpack to meet intermediate needs. It will enable trains to pull electricity from overhead electric wires in regions where electrification exists and switch to the hydrogen fuel cell hybrid system on non-electrified sections of the track. Further, it will be equally applicable to retrofit existing electric or diesel trains to get them all on board.

Objectives

The main objective of the FCH2RAIL project is to develop, build, test, demonstrate and homologate a scalable, modular and multi-purpose Fuel Cell Hybrid PowerPack (FCHPP) applicable for different rail applications (multiple unit, mainline and shunting locomotives) also suitable to for retrofit existing electric and diesel trains, to reach TRL7.

The project will start with a multi-country, multi railway-use-case analysis in order to derive requirements for the design, implementation and test of the FCHPP.

Based on that the FCHPP will be designed and demonstrated in a retrofitted Bi-mode multiple unit that draws electricity from the catenary while operating on electrified sections and uses the FCH system as power source on non-electrified sections supported by an innovative train wide energy management system to minimise the energy and power consumption. In order to improve the energy efficiency of FCH traction systems, innovative on-board solutions are identified and benchmarked.

The train demonstrator tests will be carried out cross-border in Portugal and Spain and homologation will be seeked for three EU countries.

A systematic screening of H2 and rail related EU-wide normative and standard frameworks concerning gaps related to an EU-wide implementation of FCH Bi-mode trains will be carried out. These activities, closely interconnected to the design, testing and homologation of the FCHPP demonstrator train activities, will result in the proposition of changes to and active involvement in standardization and norming workgroups.

An important aim of the FCH2RAIL project is to demonstrate the competitiveness of FCH against diesel trains. Therefore, project related KPI are collected and implemented to a LCC model which is applied to different rail sectors deriving cost reduction potentials.

Dissemination will comprise the demonstration of the FCHPP and the train demonstrator complemented by intensive communication and publication activities.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.6.1.
Other Programme
FCH-01-7-2020 Extending the use cases for FC trains through innovative designs and streamlined administrative framework

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Deutsches Zentrum Fr Luft Und Raumfahrt E.v
Address
Linder Hoehe, 51147 KOELN, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 104 594
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles Investigacion Y Desarrollo Sl
Address
JOSE MIGUEL ITURRIOZ 26, 20200 BEASAIN, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€5 481 702
Organisation
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing Europe
Address
Bourgetlaan 60, 1140 EVERE (BRUXELLES), Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€783 931
Organisation
Infraestruturas De Portugal Sa
Address
PRACA DA PORTAGEM, 2809 013 LISBOA, Portugal
EU Contribution
€113 181
Organisation
Centro Nacional De Experimentacionde Tecnologias De Hidrogeno Y Pilasde Combustible Consorcio
Address
PROLONGACION FERNANDO EL SANTO SN, 13500 PUERTOLLANO CIUDAD REAL, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€1 145 375
Organisation
Renfe Operadora
Address
Avda Pio Xii 110, 28036 Madrid, Spain
EU Contribution
€825 679
Organisation
Stemmann-Technik Gmbh
Address
Quendorferstraße Quendorferstraß, 48465 Schüttorf, Germany
EU Contribution
€323 662
Organisation
Administrador De Infraestructuras Ferroviarias
Address
CALLE HIEDRA EST CHAMARTIN EDIFICIO 23 SN, 28036 MADRID, Spain
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€221 875

Technologies

Technology Theme
Fuel cells and hydrogen fuel
Technology
Development of new Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies
TRL
TRL 7
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production
Technology Theme
Fuel cells and hydrogen fuel
Technology
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Truck Auxiliary Power Unit
TRL
TRL 7
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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