CAF has started dynamic track testing of the hydrogen-powered demonstrator train being developed for the FCH2RAIL project in consortium with DLR, Toyota, Renfe, Adif, CNH2, IP and Stemmann-Technik.
The train is one of Renfe's commuter units in which a new power generation system has been installed. This system, which utilises a hybridization of energy from hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, has been integrated into the vehicle's existing traction system. As a result, it will become one of the first bi-mode demonstrator trains that will be able to run in electric mode on the electrified infrastructure and in hybrid mode on catenary-free sections.
After performing static testing at CAF’s site in Zaragoza, the train will undergo dynamic testing to check the hybridization of the fuel cells and the batteries on routes simulating commercial services, meaning that the new system will be tested by a wide range of different power demand conditions.
The project has a €14 million budget, €10 million of which is being funded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, formerly FCH2 JU, a European Commission agency dedicated to promoting the development of hydrogen and fuel cells.