Battery systems to accompany the greening of the rail landscape
Following on from the shift to electric power for buses in China and Europe, the rail industry is now close behind as it moves towards a sustainable energy transition. In Asia and now in Europe, many projects are underway simultaneously.
As batteries play a dominant role in the operation of these new hybrid energy trains, Forsee Power offers the most comprehensive choice of batteries to improve passenger comfort and working conditions.
Multiple energy combination options
Batteries are effective in combination with many different energy sources, including electric catenaries, diesel and hydrogen, and offer benefits that are not solely ecological, but also economical and improve passenger and maintenance operator comfort.
Batteries + hydrogen
Batteries are inherent to hydrogen-based traction solutions. The fuel cell converts hydrogen to fuel the batteries. The batteries then regulate the process by storing energy when the fuel cell supplies surplus energy, and releases it when the opposite applies.
Batteries + diesel
Batteries are the most economical way of greening today’s diesel trains. The battery takes over from the conventional diesel engine, thereby reducing CO2 emissions, especially in stations, making life more comfortable for station personnel and travellers.
The energy is recovered and then stored during braking. It is then reused during the traction phases over short distances (leaving the station or travelling to the depot). In the event of main power supply failure, the battery ensures traveller comfort and safety by providing power for lighting, door operation, ventilation, communication systems, etc.
Batteries + catenaries
Installing catenaries can be extremely costly and very complex (from a simple task to something ten times more challenging, depending whether the installation is for a standard track or in a tunnel). Incorporating batteries provides a simpler and more economical solution for extending the network. The energy provided by the batteries powers those sections of train sets not fitted with catenaries, which are therefore unpowered.