The FCH2Rail consortium, made up of entities from Portugal, Belgium, Germany and Spain, of which Infraestruturas de Portugal is a part, received six fuel modules from Toyota Motor Europe, which can take an important step in the development and testing of the bimodal train with zero prevention.
The train, which will integrate a normal track and the transport bags or combined uses without contract and without categorical, integrate a fuel cell, hybrid fuel cell propulsion assembly were built and tested by the Japanese builder.
These modules include the latest generation technology, capable of offering more power and density in a more compact package, with a flat and rectangular configuration, which the more efficient integration in the roof of the demo train allows.
Of the six, three modules were offered to the Centro Sistema Nacional Hidr (CHN2), in Spain, to be tested on a bank of Spain battery test bench, before being sent to the train manufacturer CAF. The three others will take place for CAF until February, so, with the others, they will be close in the test convoy.
In the unit of the new modules, as equipment involved in the project can now use for its second phase of development of the hybrid powertrain and bimodal fuel cell of the train. This is an electrical power system supplied by the overhead contact line, with a hybrid power package and fuel cell, which has an independent power system supplied by the overhead line.
Once the modules have been integrated into the train, the project will advance to a phase of tests and functional tests, which are part of the process along the spanish and portuguese lines. This way it will be possible to test a viable energy management for the viable solution.
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