Project results

FCH2RAIL presents results on World Congress of Railway Research (WCRR 2022)

09.06.2022,  World Congress of Railway Research, Birmingham

The paper The EU Project FCH2RAIL - Fuel Cell Hybrid PowerPack for Rail Applications gives an overview of the FCH2RAIL project and the technical developments related to the innovative Fuel Cell Hybrid PowerPack (FCHPP). This modular and scalable power source starts with the ambition to be suitable for newly developed rolling stock as well as for retrofitting of existing electric and diesel trains.

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The paper Bi-Mode Hydrogen Train Requirements Using Geospatial Line Assessment summarises the analysis of use-cases of bi-mode multiple units with a fuel cell hydrogen powerpack; based on this analysis it identifies vehicle requirements arising from infrastructure and operation. For this, the authors developed a methodology combining a geospatial assessment on available open data (i.e. Open Street Map and a digital elevation model) and a longitudinal dynamic simulation model of rail vehicles.

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FCH2RAIL deliverable D1.1 - Report concerning line and use case based requirements


This deliverable is describing the analysis and gathering of requirements on hydrogen trains from operational and infrastructural parameters. This is done within two steps. First a high-level line analysis is performed to collect infrastructural and operational characteristics for various countries in the European Union. In the second step, representative use-cases are identified and simulated to evaluate detailed requirements on the FCHPP.

Download deliverable  1.1  here.

Data Records 1: Trajectories and driving profiles for hybrid h2 multiple units:

Data Records 2: Railway services operated with diesel multiple units in Spain and Portugal:

Analysis off on-board hydrogen Storage Options and hydrogen powered air-conditioning (EHEC 2022)

18.05.2022,  European Hydrogen Energy Conference 2022

Hydrogen on-board storage options for rail vehicles are in the focus of the paper of Mathias Böhm. It focusses on the comparison of current implementation projects in hydrogen powered trains.

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The paper of Markus Kordel  discusses two innovative technologies to reduce energy demand for Air-Conditioning in hydrogen fuel cell rolling stock: The hydrogen powered air-conditioning (HyPAC) utilizes the pressure work between tank and fuel cell; the absorption refrigerator uses the waste heat from the fuel cell. 

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FCH2RAIL deliverable D2.2 – Train-FCHPP interface. Block schematic


This deliverable shows the generic interfaces required for the installation of the FCHPP and defines the
key aspects and codes of practices to be considered to ensure a proper and safe integration of the
FCHPP in a generic train.

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FCH2RAIL deliverable D1.5 – Hydrogen refuelling and storage requirements for rail vehicles


This deliverable summarizes the hydrogen refuelling and storage requirements for rail vehicles. It is based on an evaluation of different hydrogen on-board storage systems, existing hydrogen refuelling protocols and state-of-the-art diesel refuelling of rail vehicle.

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FCH2RAIL deliverable D1.3 Report on generic requirements for bi-mode fuel cell hybrid trains


This deliverable summarizes the characteristics of the services operated with multiple units, mainline locomotives and shunting locomotives. It develops vehicle specifications to meet the demands derived from various use cases and establishes the requirements for state-of-the-art hydrogen vehicles and Fuel Cell Hybrid Power Packs (FCHPP).

Download deliverable  1.3  here.

Horizon 2020 fact sheet


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