Electrification of railway network is high on the agenda of EU. Currently, only 60% of the track in EU is electrified and it is much less in the East European member nations. Fuel cell technology is able to address powertrain electrification in the domains of rail propulsion, both for regional trains and shunt locomotives. This market represents high potential for reducing energy consumption and emissions, because the source of emissions is not dispersed i.e. significant energy/ emission savings can be achieved by replacing a single conventional powertrain on a large train. However, despite all the potential benefits, existing fuel cell technology components face application specific challenges that need to be addressed in order to drive large scale adoption in the rail sector. Hence, in order to achieve competitiveness with conventional technologies, additional research efforts are required.Scope:
The aim of this topic is to develop an emission-free fuel cell based powertrain system, suitable for rail applications, and to validate it in the target rail vehicle.
The project must address the following key issues:
TRL at start: 4
TRL at end: 7
The consortium should include at least one rail OEM or their subsidiaries and at least one fuel cell component manufacturer and/or relevant suppliers.
The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of EUR 4 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Expected duration: 3-4 years
A maximum of 1 project may be funded under this topic.Expected Impact:
Expected impacts of the project include: