12th International Hydrail Conference: HYDRAIL 2017

Tue, 06/27/2017 - Wed, 06/28/2017
Graz, Austria

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The 12th International Hydrail Conference: Building on the solid foundation of a tradition since 2005

We thank you for your interest in Hydrail and a very successful 12th edition of the event series.

The 12th Inernational Hydrail Conference was held in the Great Hall at St. Martin Castle in Graz, Austria on 27-28 June 2017.

IHC's objective is to contribute to the change of regime in the rail sector by providing a forum where technology experts, vehicle and rail infrastructure managers, as well as media, policy makers and other stakeholders, come together to discuss ideas on hydrogen and rail transport From the systemic level up to concrete designs and transformations.

Today, about 12 years after the first conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), we are on the next, important benchmark for the future. While enthusiastic experts have discussed the subject in the rather small circle by means of concepts and individual demonstrators, the last two years have shown an acceleration that is almost as dramatic as the rail transport sector. Now a small fleet of Hydrail trams is on the road in the Caribbean. In Germany the prototypes of a complete model range around the entire European approval test and the latest announcements from China and the rest of the world signal a potential market break.

Herbert Wancura


Welcome Address. Anna Thaller, St. Martin Castle

Introduction. Herbert Wancura

Keynote Addresses    
Introduction Message. Detlef Matthiesen

Hydrogen-Powered Railway Vehicles (Hydrail): A Vision. Andreas Hoffrichter, Michigan State University

Session I Hydrail and Hydrogen Infrastructure    
Hydrogen Rail Test Regions in Germany. Ulrich Bünger, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST)

Bulk Hydrogen OnRail Project. Alexander Schimanofsky, Railway Competence Certification (RCC)

Fuel Cell Trains seen from the perspective of Air Liquide. Pierre De Raphelis, Air Liquide

Rail Hydrogen Supply Infrastructure Synergy by Design?. Herbert Wancura, synergesis

Session II: Hydrail Vehicle Technologies & Solutions    
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in Passenger Rail Transit. Mark Kammerer for Michael C. Ritter, Alstom

Status of Hydrail Initiatives in Canada. Peter Eggleton, Telligence (12_eggleton)

1063 Last mile Unit. Karl Zöchmeister, RCA/ÖBB

Session III Hydrail Vehicle Technologies & Solutions     
Hydrogen in Europe. Ian Williamson and Marieke Reijalt, EHA

Harnessing Renewable Energy Powering Heavy Mobility. Mark Kammerer, Hydrogenics

Zero-Emission Fuel Cell Solutions for Rail Applications. Oben Uluc, Ballard

Session IV Hydrogen Rail - Regional Studies & Implementation Actions    
Options for Autonomous Power for the UK. Stephen Kent, University of Birmingham; Giles Pettit, SNC Lavalin

HYCentA & Model Region Steiermark. Alexander Trattner and Manfred Klell, HyCentA

Schleswig-Holstein Policy & Plans. Holger Busche, Bündnis 90/Die Grünnen, Schleswig-Holstein

Hydrogen for Rail in the US: Prospects and Contexts. Raphael Isaac, University of California-Davis; A. Hoffrichter, Michigan State University; A. Iraklis, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick (12_isaac-hoffrichter-iraklis)

Alternative Railway Electrification Options in Norway and the US. Federico Zenith, SINTEF        


12IHC sponsor RCA

12IHC sponsor synergesis

12IHC logo Appalachian energy center


Location Information

Graz - A traditionally creative and innovative city
Graz, the capital of Styria, is a wonderful meeting place. The second-largest city in Austria offers a unique atmosphere: a life-size, medium-sized city that benefits from the dynamism of its five universities - the students make up almost one-fifth of the population - and the world's leading companies. The history of the city and its cultural tradition are not only a legacy to be preserved, but an order to create something new, for example in architecture.

Regarding the conference theme "Hydrail", Graz can certainly call itself the "hydrogen capital" of Austria, since Prof. Karl Kordesch, a well known pioneer in the hydrogen community, was also active in Graz for many decades. Even today, institutes are located at Graz University of Technology, which can be traced back to this. But Graz is also the location of the research center HyCentA, which is even equipped with its own hydrogen station. Furthermore, this non-university research facility offers unique infrastructure, such as a HIL test bench for fuel cell drives - with over 150kW of power one of the most powerful in Europe; But also special tools for the investigation of on-board hydrogen storage devices, Which are based on the cooperation with the partner Magna Steyr. The close cooperation with the Institute of Combustion Carousels at the TU Graz also allows work on hydrogen-powered combustion engines - up to really large calibres ... Another partner of HyCentA, AVL, the world's largest independent research and engineering company for propulsion systems, also has Their seat in Graz.

But that's not all: Siemens Mobility's Global Competence Center for electrically driven bogies is also located here, building on a rail vehicle tradition that dates back more than 150 years.

All these serious ingredients, however, are combined with a shot of life culture that is almost mediterranean, making the city not only an attractive place to live in, but also an excellent setting for conferences such as the 12 IHC.

Shortly to the castle
The castle is situated on the south-western hills that surround Graz. Its origins can be traced back to the 11th century. The present form was built in 1557. Since 1914 it has served as a seminar and training center; For this purpose, it was also taken over by the state of Styria in 1936 and has since been administered by the state government.

As a conference venue, the castle not only provides technical insights to the conference participants but also offers great views over the city and the entire Graz basin. The natural tranquility offered by the Renaissance castle courtyard and the surrounding private gardens and orchards also contribute to the exchange of ideas.

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