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A Conceptualized Hydrail Powertrain: A Case Study of the Union Pearson Express Route

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Chemical Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Electrical and Computer Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box: 31, Al-Khound 123, Sultanate of Oman
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Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10(2), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/wevj10020032
Received: 11 January 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 29 April 2019 / Published: 28 May 2019
A hydrogen rail (hydrail) powertrain is conceptualized in this study, using drive cycles collected from the trains currently working on the Union Pearson Express (UPE) railroad. The powertrain consists of three preliminary different subsystems: fuel cell, battery, and hydrogen storage systems. A backward design approach is proposed to calculate the time-variable power demand based on a “route simulation data” method. The powertrain components are then conceptually sized according to the calculated duty cycle. The results of this study show that 275 kg of hydrogen is sufficient to satisfy the daily power and energy demand of a hydrogen locomotive with drive cycles similar to the ones currently working on the UPE rail route. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogen fuel cell train; fuel cell locomotives; hydrail powertrain; Li-Ion Batteries hydrogen fuel cell train; fuel cell locomotives; hydrail powertrain; Li-Ion Batteries
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Haji Akhoundzadeh, M.; Raahemifar, K.; Panchal, S.; Samadani, E.; Haghi, E.; Fraser, R.; Fowler, M. A Conceptualized Hydrail Powertrain: A Case Study of the Union Pearson Express Route. World Electr. Veh. J. 2019, 10, 32.

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