Alstom debuts battery-electric train in Germany
A battery-electric train by Alstom has completed its maiden voyage on a rail route in Saxony, Germany. The prototype train developed together with TU Berlin started on a roundtrip in the city of Chemnitz. Electric trains of this type are scheduled to go into passenger service from December 2021.
Technotrans to deliver battery cooling systems for trains
Technotrans, the technology and services group based in Sassenberg in Münsterland, has been awarded two follow-up contracts in the field of electrified rail transport. More than 100 battery cooling systems are to go to two battery manufacturers, the order volume is in the seven-figure range.
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.
Leclanché announces new lithium battery module
Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has developed a new generation of lithium-ion modules for energy-intensive electrified transport applications on road, rail and water, while inaugurating a new production line for large-scale module manufacturing in Switzerland.
Hyperdrive & BorgWarner Gateshead acquired by Turntide
UK battery manufacturer Hyperdrive Innovation and EV tech firm BorgWarner Gateshead have been acquired by the Silicon Valley-based electric motor developer Turntide Technologies. Turntide will establish operations in Gateshead, England, marking the beginning of a multi-year investment in the region.
Fraunhofer IFAM is developing hydrogen trains
Fraunhofer IFAM is working with partners on a new approach to increasing the range and comfort of fuel cell-powered trains. The central idea here is to effectively utilise the fuel cell waste heat for temperature control of the vehicle interior.
ABB equips electric trains by Stadler in Germany
ABB has become the partner of choice for Stadler Germany, a train maker currently working to deliver battery-electric trains for regional and underground trains in Schleswig Holstein and Berlin. ABB will deliver traction converters and battery system to recharge electric locomotives running through the coastal state and on the underground in the German capital.
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.
Ballard FC modules in Canadian Pacific locomotives
Ballard Power Systems announced that Canadian Pacific would employ Ballard fuel cell modules for its Hydrogen Locomotive Program. The HLP aims to develop North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul freight locomotive by retrofitting a diesel locomotive with fuel cells.
Bombardier converts five trains to zero-emission
Bombardier will convert five of its diesel-hybrid trains to purely electric operation through a combined battery and overhead line operation by 2023. Bombardier was recently acquired by the Alstom group and supplied the hybrid trains it will also now convert for the French railway company SNCF.
Cummins to build fuel cell system plant in Germany
The US company Cummins has announced the opening of a new plant in the German city of Herten, which will initially focus on the assembly of fuel cell systems for Alstom hydrogen trains. The plant is scheduled to start operations in July 2021.
11 Alstom battery-electric trains for Germany
In Germany, on behalf of two transit agencies, Alstom will manufacture, supply and maintain eleven Coradia Continental battery-electric trains for regional transport on the Leipzig-Chemnitz line by 2032. The order volume is worth around 100 million euros.
Germany: 55 Stadler Flirt Akku to replace diesel trains
In North Germany, the Schleswig-Holstein public transport association has commissioned the Swiss rail manufacturer Stadler to supply 55 battery-electric trains. The Stadler Flirt Akku units will replace 55 diesel trains in the coastal German state from December 2022.
Techrules to take its turbine REx to the rails
Techrules has uncovered new uses for the turbine range extender it first applied to a hybrid hypercar. New cooperations with Chinese companies will see the TREV technology be used in transit trains, buses as well as electric vans.
Mind the gap!
The French train operator SNCF has made a big faux-pas, quite literally. It ordered 2,000 new trains which are simply too wide for many stations in its network. Planning was done on the measurements of stations built in the last 30 years while most stations in France actually date back 50 years. What a very costly “malheur!”