Having performed successful static tests, CAF says the train is ready to start dynamic tests on an external track, allowing for an opportunity for the hydrogen-powered system to be optimised on specifically selected routes.
As a result, the tests will evaluate the competitiveness of the technology as a solution for the replacement of diesel trains in pursuit of decarbonising railways.
Based on one of Renfe’s commuter trains, the Civia, the demonstration locomotive has been had a power generation system utilising hydrogen fuel cells and batteries installed into the vehicle’s existing traction system.
H2 View understands the hybridised system will allow the train to run in electric mode on electrified infrastructure, while the hybrid mode will be used for operating on catenary-free sections.
The consortium of companies is comprised of CAF, DLR, Toyota, Renfe, ADIF, CNH2, IP and Stemman-Technik. Toyota in 2021 revealed it was supplying its hydrogen fuel cell modules for the project.
With a budget of €14m ($14.45m) the FCH2RAIL project has received €10m ($10.3m) in funding from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, formerly known as FCH2 JU, a European Commission agency dedicated to promoting the development of hydrogen and fuel cells.
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