Hybrid power combining power potential
Hybrid traction combines multiple power sources and so can potentially cover many powertrain options to achieve the desired benefits
The addition of alternative power sources whilst adding complexity can provide many co-benefits along with decarbonisation of the railway system. Examples below show a range of projects Ricardo rail teams have worked on:
- HybridFLEX replaces one of the traditional diesel engines in an existing diesel multiple unit from Bombardier with a battery pack and generator system to use in and around station areas to deliver both CO2 savings along with improved air quality and reduced noise levels in sensitive areas.
- The TRAXX MS3 is a locomotive from Alstom which has its electrical power supply supplemented by a 230 kW "last-mile" powerpack enabling it to operate in non-electrified areas track such as that found commonly in ports and harbours greatly improving its versatility.
- The WINK passenger vehicle from Stadler combines a traditional electrical vehicle supplemented by alternative fuel bio-diesel engines and battery packs to allow a go-anywhere ability particularly focussed on lines which are only partially electrified.
You can find more details on each below and the role which Ricardo played to bring it into service.