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Toyota Motor Europe provides fuel cell modules for FCH2Rail project

toyota motor europe provides fuel cell modules for fch2rail project

For the next phase of the FCH2RAIL project, Toyota has built, tested, and delivered six fuel cell modules.

The Gen2 technology in these modules provides more power and density in a smaller package. The flat module configuration was chosen because it allowed for the most efficient integration into the roof of the demonstration train. Emission-free bi-mode trains, which combine normal track use with emission-free rail travel without overhead lines, were pioneered by the FCH2RAIL project, launched in January 2021. As part of a demonstration bi-mode train, the FCH2Rail consortium is developing a Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack.

To date, CNH2 has received three of the modules. These fuel cell modules will be put through their paces on a test bench with the rest of the system’s batteries before heading to the CAF. CAF will receive the remaining three modules by the middle of February, and they will be installed in the demo train.

The teams can now begin work on the Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Pack for the train’s hybrid, bi-modal drive system, thanks to the delivery of Toyota’s fuel cell modules. The train is propelled by a fuel cell hybrid power pack that is powered by an overhead power line and a separate fuel cell hybrid power pack. Renfe provided the demonstrator train, a CAF-built CIVIA electric commuter train; the two companies are both members of the FCH2RAIL consortium. As part of the train’s hybrid power system, CAF will install fuel cell modules.

Initial functional tests and trial runs for the approval process in the Spanish and Portuguese tracks will begin once the integration is complete. In order to see if hydrogen zero-emission trains can be reliably and economically viable, the project is testing and validating the energy management system. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2JU) funds the FCH2Rail project (FCHJU).

Anela Dokso

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