Skeleton to supply ultracapacitors to CAF
Skeleton Technologies has signed a contract with CAF Power & Automation, a manufacturer of power supply solutions for the railway industry. Skeleton will supply ultracapacitors that will be integrated into CAF’s OESS (On Board Energy Storage System) for trams.
Hydrogen fuel cell rail project takes off in Europe
The EU project FCH2RAIL (Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for Rail Applications) with partners from Belgium, Germany, Spain and Portugal is developing and testing a new zero-emission train prototype. Key to the idea is a combination of electricity from overhead wires with a fuel cell power pack.
CAF completes takeover of Solaris
The Spanish rail vehicle manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) has completed their takeover of the Polish electric bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach. On the 4th of September, CAF received all shares from Solaris. The Polish government will receive 35% ownership, which was negotiated beforehand.
Spanish CAF to take over bus maker Solaris
Spain’s railway company CAF wants to take over Polish bus maker Solaris. For CAF this means broadening their portfolio particularly in e-mobility while Solaris has been looking for investment. Projections suggests a price of over 300 million euros with approval expected by September 2018.
Alstom, Siemens, CAF, Afkar.
Germany funds fuel cell trains: Alstom has received 7.9 million euros in funding from German Ministry of Transportation for the development of railbound vehicles using fuel cell technology. First prototypes will go into service on a trial basis in 2016. Germany’s federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia have already signed letters of intent for the use of the trains.
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World’s biggest truck: The 360 ton GVW BelAZ 75710 mining truck recently began operating at a Siberian mine. It features four 1,200 kW electric traction motors developed by Siemens. Electricity is provided by two generators, each driven by a 16-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 1,700 kW.
Cable-free rail starts operating: Taiwan city of Kaohsiung is beginning test runs with light-rail tram cars from Spanish manufacturer CAF, that completely forgo overhead electrical lines and have supercapacitor energy storage units located at the top of the cabs. The system uses high-energy wireless charging technology that is housed at each station.
Alone on the road: Fraunhofer IPA presents its project Afkar, aimed at developing a robotic system to allow EVs to drive short distances on their own, i.e. to get to a charge point, find a parking spot or ‘meet’ a driver. The car might also know if a charging station is occupied or vacated.
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