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CAF Power & Automation has finished energy storage systems’ type tests for the FCH2RAIL project

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The FCH2RAIL Project was selected by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) of the European Commission which is engaged in driving the development of the hydrogen powered fuel cells and it is supported by European funds through the H2020 program. This aims to develop a bi-mode demonstrator train that will be powered from the overhead line when running in electrified sections, and from the Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack when running in the catenary-free sections. Within the scope of this project, CAF Power&Automation has developed and manufactured its own batteries module, which will be part of the Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack that will be installed in the demonstrator train, a CIVIA electric commuter train provided by Renfe and being now refurbished by CAF. This Onboard Energy Storage System has been successfully tested in CAF P&A´s power lab. During the testing period, performances and capacities of the system have been tested whether it can operate both as power generator in catenary-free running andas power storage in electrified sections.


Holger Dittus

Institute of Vehicle Concepts (DLR)