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SRM University, ICF to develop fuelcell based train prototype


Press Trust of India Chennai
SRM University, AP-Amaravati University and SRM Institute of Science and Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Integral Coach Factory here to develop a fuel cell based train prototype.

As per the MoU, SRM will be responsible for conceptualising and creating energy storage systems, including fuel cells, batteries, super capacitors and control systems, a press release said.

ICF would develop the equipment beyond the DC link for the switcher in the coaches.

"The fuel cell powered train will have Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell, coupled with lithium ion batteries and super capacitors", the release said.

The prototype is expected to be ready by December 2018 and the first fuel cell driven passenger train is expected to be operated for the public by December 2019.

"Hydrogen-based PEM Fuel Cell is one of the best renewable energy sources with increasing efficiency and with zero carbon di-oxide emissions", SRM University and AP Amaravati Pro Vice-Chancellor D Narayana Rao said.

Parallel development of fuel cell powered switcher coach of 100 horsepower as locomotive would be developed along with a passenger train with two coaches, he said.

Each coach, with a capacity to carry 65 passengers, can be operated at a speed of 75 kmph, he added.

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First Published: Feb 27 2018 | 5:30 PM IST

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