Indian Railway Locomotives To Run On Fuel-Cell Battery — Hybrid Trains For India?

Indian Railway Locomotives To Run On Fuel-Cell Battery — Hybrid Trains For India?

The Indian Railway started off with steam engines, went through diesel power, ended up in electric power and finally aims to go hybrid. Locomotives running on Hydrogen fuel-cell battery is what we are talking about.

A fuel-cell hybrid combines the environmental advantage of an electric locomotive, with a diesel locomotive’s low production cost. The main component, Hydrogen, can be sourced from various renewable energies, and need not be imported.

The plan is to build a 300kW (transient power above 1MW) fuel-cell based broad-gauge locomotive. The locomotive will be heavier and powerful than a conventional diesel/electric example, and will be manufactured by DMW (Diesel Loco Modernisation Works), Patiala.

The hybrid train will employ a PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) fuel-cell with three air-cooled stack modules, each rated at a minimum of 100KW. The setup will make use of a dc/dc boost/buck converter with a transformer. Read more…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.