SSB has announced the winners of the £1 million Intelligent Power Solutions to Decarbonise Rail competition.
The six feasibility studies funded through the RSSB competition will develop alternative, energy-efficient technologies for high speed trains and freight trains, and innovative solutions for the provision, storage and distribution infrastructure of energy.
While electrification has a key role to play particularly in heavy used parts of the network, other ‘self-powered’ traction sources such as battery and hydrogen, will have a role to play to achieve a decarbonised railway.
The competition winners will be supporting the rail industry’s quest to decarbonise traction energy providing novel solutions to ensure the railways continue to offer one of the lowest-carbon transport options for passengers and freight. The work is fully supported by the Decarbonisation Task Force, which published its Initial Report to the Rail Minister in January, and ties in to the latest research by RSSB.
The Project for Hydrogen Fuelling Systems at Local Railways Hyd-Energy is one of the six winners.
Hyd-Energy: Feasibility and concept design of future hydrail enabled railway depots
University of Birmingham, in collaboration with Porterbrook and Transport for West Midlands
The main purpose of this feasibility study is to develop a concept design for the infrastructure that will be required to support the development of a hydrogen fuelling system at a local railway depot and to use this learning to develop recommendations for general hydrogen depot requirements, processes and procedures and equipment options for hydrogen production, delivery, compression and storage.