International Hydrail Conference 2016

Dates: 
Mon, 07/04/2016 - Tue, 07/05/2016
Location: 
Birmingham, UK

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The Eleventh International Hydrail Conference was hosted by the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education in Birmingham, UK on 4-5 July 2016, and conferees were also ecouraged to attend the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Railway Challenge competition on Sunday 3 July 2016.

Date/Time: Monday, 4 July 2016 (09:00) - Tuesday, 5 July 2016 (17:30)

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Conference Presentations

Busche, Holger. "Zero-Carbon Rail in the German State of Schleswig-Holstein." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016. Keynote Address.

Eggleton, Peter. "Hydrogen Fuel Cells as Motive Power for Industrial Switcher Locomotives." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Hillmansen, Stuart. "Hydrogen Fuel for Rail Transport." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Hoffrichter, Andreas. "Hydrogen for Railway Traction: A PhD at the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Isaac, Raphael. "California Rail Fuels Update: A Closer Look at Fuel Cost Ranges and an Introduction to Ongoing Powertrain Simulations." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 5 July 2016.

Jiajie, He. "Clean Rail Transit Vehicle – Hyper Tram." Birmigham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Kammerer, Mark. "Harnessing Renewable Energy Storage and Powering Fleets with Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrids in Heavy Mobility." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Kent, Stephen; Laight, Shawn. "Future Fuel for Britain's Railways." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Laperche-Riteau, Yane. "Fuel Cells for Rail Applications." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 5 July 2016.

Ogawa, Kenichi. "Development of the RTRI Fuel Cell & Battery Hybrid Railway Vehicle." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Thompson, Stan. "Machiavelli versus Silicon Valley - Media versus Technology: Why the hydrail train is arriving so late." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 5 July 2016.

Zenith, Federico. "Hydrogen and Batteries for Propulsion of Freight Trains in Norway." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Zhang, Xuexia. "Fuel Cell Based Hybrid Power System Design for a Passenger Tram." Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham. Birmingham, UK. 4 July 2016.

Conference Information

Please visit the conference website at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/railway/events/2016-International-Hydrail-Conference-IHC.aspx if you require further information.

Since 2005, academic, government and industry pioneers have met annually to advance the deployment of hydrail—wireless hydrogen fuel cell-powered railway electrification—for societal reasons: climate change mitigation; pollution reduction; and avoidance of short-life investment in expensive legacy electrification.

The annual International Hydrail Conference focuses on the use of hydrogen for railway propulsion, the associated benefits, and remaining challenges. The 2016 International Hydrail Conference is the second to be hosted by the University of Birmingham—the first university in the world to grant a hydrail-specific doctorate. Particular program emphasis will focus on the hydrail trams that China has begun to manufacture and on the fleet of forty regional hydrail trains to be deployed in Germany by 2020.

Speaker Profiles

This is the first year since the International Hydrail Conferences began in 2005 that a major focus of the agenda will be hydrail passenger equipment now in service. Highlights of the conference agenda include:

China's two hydrail trams now in production: One is built by the CRRC Qingdao Sifang Co. Ltd. manufacturing division of China South Railways, the country's largest. The other is built by Tangshan Railway Vehicle Company, Ltd. in partnership with China's original railway engineering school, Southwest Jiaotong University, founded in 1896 as the Imperial Chinese Railway College.

Kenichi Ogawa of Japan's Railway Technology Research Institute (RTRI) will update the Conference on their hydrail railcar project—first described by Dr. Keiichiro Kondo in 2005 at the First International Hydrail Conference in Charlotte, NC USA. RTRI has been developing hydrail train technology since 2001 to reduce fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions—and also to position Japan for a future without overhead wire railway power.

Dr. Stuart Hillmansen—Senior Lecturer in Electrical Energy Systems and Head of the Traction Research Group at the University of Birmingham's Centre for Railway Research and Education—will tell how Birmingham first anticipated the rise of hydrail and moved to create the world's first hydrail-specific doctoral program.

Dr. Andreas Hoffrichter—in 2013 the first candidate to be granted Birmingham's hydrail Ph.D.—will tell how he came to pursue a doctorate in hydrogen railway traction and how he and the University of Birmingham got together to enable the railway industry to use renewable energy.

Stephen Kent, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and Shawn Laight of Singapore's Land Transport Authority will discuss the part that fuel cells could play in powering Britain's future rail network. This will include the recent study undertaken for the UK's Railway Safety & Standards Board which looks at the possibility of converting existing mid-life Diesel Multiple Units to battery/fuel-cell hybrids as well as the work currently being undertaken involving the Core Valley Lines in Wales.

Mark Kammerer, Business Development Manager for Hydrogenics, Inc, will tell how his company is coupling the storage of renewable energy with fueling of transit fleets, applicable to hydrogen fuel cell buses and trains, as well as the innovation-leading fuel cell power module technology being applied in heavy mobility applications enroute to commercialisation.

Raphael Isaac, a Ph.D. student at UC Davis, will present the latest on his cross-fuels comparison research examing fuel technologies and their economic and environmental implications for intercity/commuter trains and freight trains. His presentation will include background information on rail simulations performed in collaboration with the University of Warwick and Michigan State, comparing hydrogen, diesel, and related hybrid powertrains for rail applications.

Peter Eggleton of Telligent Group Transportation Consultants—Quebec, Canada—will describe a project retrofitting an industrial diesel switch engine for battery and hydrogen operations using Hydrogenics, Inc. fuel cells to help meet Canada's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. He will also review how the 2013 Hydrail Conference in Toronto led to the widespread hydrail deployments about to take place in Germany.

Dr. Holger Busche, technical advisor to Detlef Matthiessen MdL—Speaker of the Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, Parliament for Energy Policy and Technology Innovation—will discuss plans for powering the entire State's rail network by wind and other zero-carbon sources by 2025. The 65% of Schleswig-Holstein's rail lines now using diesel traction will be electrified wirelessly using hydrail and excess off-peak wind turbine energy.

Mme. Yane Laperche-Riteau, Business Development Director for Ballard Power Systems, Inc. of Canada, will tell how Ballard chose to enter the hydrail fuel cell rail traction market around the turn of the century, now with projects from the USA to China, long before the eventual hydrail transition became obvious.

Stan Thompson, one of the Mooresville, NC, USA, originators of the International Hydrail Conference series, will tell how this unique effort to effect the innovation of a climate-friendly infrastructure technology years before its time came to be and where he sees hydrail going next.

International Hydrail Conferences are non-profit events, organised by volunteers for the public good.