13th International Hydrail Conference: HYDRAIL 2018

Wed, 06/06/2018 - Fri, 06/08/2018
University of Rome - Tor Vergata - Rome, Italy

Registration | Program | Venue and Accommodation | About the Conference


Conference registration is available via the University of Rome website at http://hydrail-conference-2018.uniroma2.it/conference-registration/


The Program (PDF) for the 2018 edition of the International Hydrail Conference includes roughly 20 experts from 8 countries who will report on technology and policy advancement in the very challenging field of innovative and sustainable railways. Registration, additional venue information, lodging arrangements, and other conference information is updated on the University of Rome's conference website at http://hydrail-conference-2018.uniroma2.it/.

Conference Program (as of 30 March 2018, subject to change)

Wednesday, 6 June 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Registration and coffee
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Roundtable, Hydrail present and future
The Dynamics of Fundamental Change in Industries With LongLife Plant, Stan Thompson - USA
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Welcome refreshments

Thursday, 7 June 2018
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and coffee
9:00 AM - 10:45 AM Session 1: Introductory Session
EC policy in the field of innovation, Helmut Morsi, European Commission, DG MOVE-B
Advances in hydrogen safety engineering, Vladimir Molkov, Ulster University - IR
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee break
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Session 2: Country Reports
Developing a New Fuel Cell Prototype Train, Seky Chang, Korea Railroad Research Institute - KR
Germany's Strategy for Sustainable Rail Transport - Projects and Political Initiatives, Elena Hof, NOW GmbH - National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology - D
Status of Hydrail Pursuits in Canada, Peter Eggleton, TELLIGENCE Group Transportation Technology Consultants - CAN
Austrian Rail on a Zero Emission Path - Hydrail related Projects and Potentials, Helbert Wancura synergesis consult.ing - A
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Lunch
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Session 3: Manufacturers Updates
Hydrogen Containment Systems for FCEV's and Transport, Radisa Nunic - Worthington Industries - A
Opportunities and Challenges in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Railway Applications, Oben Uluc, Ballard - CAN
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Coffee break
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Session 4: Hybrid HFC Solutions
Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Passenger and Freight Rail: Simulation case studies from the United States, Raphael Isaac, UC Davis - USA
A High-Frequency HFC DC-DC Converter for the Next Generation Train (NGT) CARGO, Athanasios Iraklis, DLR - D
A reduced scale mobile HFC generating unit for a hybrid propulsion system of a park rail train, Alexander Schimanofsky, RCC Railway Competence and Certification - A
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Social Dinner

Friday, 8 June 2018
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Session 5: Hybrid HFC Solutions
The Influence of Battery Bank Sizing on Fuel Cell Efficiency in Series Fuel Cell Battery Hybrid Intercity Passenger Railway Vehicles: The Case Study of the Intercity 125, Mohamed A. Hegazi, University of Bristish Columbia - CAN
Design and Analysis of a Regio-Shuttle RS1 Diesel Railcar Converted to Fuel Cell Hybrid Propulsion, Toni Schirmer, DLR - D
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Coffee break
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Session 6: Hydrogen Safety
Future Scenarios for Hydrogen-Fueled Trains in the Regional Lines of Italy, Luigi Crema, Fondazione Bruno Kessler - IT
Large-scale Hydrogen Distribution via Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC),Cornelius von der Heydt, Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH - D
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Discussion and Summary
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch and Farewell


Venue and Accommodation

The conference will be held at the Congress Centre of Engineering Faculty of the University of Rome Tor Vergata, via del Politecnico 1, Rome (Italy). Google Maps link at https://goo.gl/maps/tb3fzC9aj3o


Accommodation in the city centre (near Termini railway station)

Due to the limited number of rooms available please book your room before April 13th providing the code: HYDRAIL18 for the hotel reservation

The rates for the hotel rooms are:  €76,00/night/single room / €90,00/night/double room

 Accommodation in the city centre (near Termini railway station)

Note: The above hotels in the city centre belong to the same hotel group.
We have a discounted rate with them; you just need to communicate the code
4555 in your reservation.

Accommodation Near Tor Vergata University (outside city centre)

  • Hotel Laurence
    Address: Via Pietro Baragiola, 18/24, Rome, Italy
    Phone: +39 06 2042 7050
  • Reginella 1950
    Address: Via di Passo Lombardo, 389, Rome, Italy
    Phone: +39 06 2042 7484
  • CampusX Roma Tor Vergata
    Address: Via di Passo Lombardo, 341, Rome, Italy
    Phone: +39 06 9522 2501

About the Conference

The International Hydrail Conference 2018 (IHC 2018) 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 system transformation and its implications down to concrete designs and components.IHC 2018 provides an excellent framework for updates on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in railway applications and represents the best setting to show the latest advances in research, projects and products in this field.

After a successful edition in Graz in 2017, the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" has taken on the organization of IHC 2018 with the objective of continuing supporting the penetration of hydrogen based solution in the railways section and to highlight any possible synergistic effect with other sectors.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions on the most relevant aspects of technology worldwide and topical technical oral presentations and posters. Industry and research institutions will have a space to showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services on Hydrail or related fields. One of the main aims of IHC 2018 is to facilitate networking between all innovation agents in railways. Therefore, the conference will include several networking areas and multiple side events of interest.

Therefore, the International Hydrail conference is a must-attend event for the railways, hydrogen and fuel cells communities as well as for everyone interested in sustainable energy development.

Organizing Committee:
Primary contact:
Stefano Cordiner
University Tor Vergata

Committee members:
Stan Thompson
Mooresville Hydrail initiative
Bill Thunberg
Lake Norman Transport Commission
Jason Hoyle
Appalachian State University
Andreas Hoffrichter
Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
Herbert Wancura
Synergesis consult.ing

Call for Contributions

The topics to be covered by the conference communications include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Transport topics:
• Existing and New Projects Updates
• Rolling Stock Application & Technology Developments:
• Light Rail, Regional/Commuter Rail
• Heavy rail/Freight application
• Hydrogen Refueling Stations

2. Energy topics:
• Hydrogen production
• Fuel cells
• Hydrogen storage, handling and distribution
• Integration with renewable energy sources production
• Infrastructure and System Integration/Change/Planning

3. Cross-Cutting topics:
• Simulation and Modelling
• Codes and standards
• Safety, Environment and Training
• Countries strategies for sustainable transportation with a focus on rail and intermodal transport

Proposed discussion topics will be selected based on their potential to support technological advances in the area of interest for the enhancement/protection of human performance and discovery in sustainable transportation

Contribution Submission

An abstract of the proposed contribution (one page abstract and maximum 500 words) should be submitted for selection. The abstracts should summarise the key points of the contribution. A maximum of 6 keywords should be used to define the subject. Authors should write their name and indicate their affiliation (e.g. university's name, state and e-mail).

All the proposals will be reviewed by the Organizing Committee and accepted based on the relevance to the workshop themes. They will be distributed between poster sessions. Selected contributions on general topics will be asked to give a 15 minute presentation in one of the sessions.

The International Hydrail Conferences are non-profit events held annually to expedite the contribution of post-carbon railway technology to pollution reduction and climate protection and also to alert the industry to the emerging change, avoiding stranded investment in trackside electrification.