Usage of batteries on non or partially electrified lines

Project information

  • Acronym: BATTERY-TRAIN
  • Usage of batteries on non or partially electrified lines
  • Sector: Railway System Forum/Energy Sector
  • Project start date: 27/04/2023
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Project director: Laurent Fréchède
  • Project manager: Sun Joong Kim
  • Status: ongoing project
  • Project code: 2024/RSF/856

Project description

The project examines the current state of railway infrastructure and rolling stock in Europe, where 44% of the railway lines across 31 countries are electrified. In 16 countries, 82% of passenger services are operated by electric multiple units.

The goal of the project is to determine the appropriate timing and methods for replacing internal combustion engines on multiple units with traction batteries on lines that are either non-electrified or only partially electrified.

Project objectives

The primary objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive methodology for replacing Internal Combustion Engines with traction batteries on non-electrified or partially electrified railway lines. This methodology is intended to assist members in understanding and implementing the transition from diesel engines to traction batteries effectively.

Key Components of the Methodology

  1. Identification of Relevant Parameters and New Risks
  2. Standards and Regulations
  3. Simulations and Testing
  4. Lifecycle of New Components

Benefits of traction batteries
Traction batteries represent a promising alternative to diesel engines, offering a cleaner and potentially more cost-effective solution. By following the proposed methodology, Infrastructure Managers (IM) and Railway Undertakings (RU) will be equipped to:

  • Identify Lifecycle Impacts: Understand how the change to traction batteries affects the lifecycle of railway assets, including maintenance needs, battery lifespan, and other operational aspects.
  • Evaluate Operational Costs: Assess the annual costs involved in running trains powered by traction batteries compared to traditional diesel engines, facilitating better financial planning and decision-making.

This project aims to provide a robust framework, enabling railway stakeholders to make informed decisions and ensure a smooth transition.

Project structure

WP1 - Identify solutions available on the market and impact on operations [6 months]
WP2 - Risks linked to the usage of traction batteries [6 months]
WP3 - Means of simulation to be applied [6 months]
WP4 - Impact of the cost of the operations [6 months]

Project members

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Tuesday 28 May 2024