13th International Hydrail Conference: HYDRAIL 2018

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

 | Program | Presentations | About the Conference

The 13th International Hydrail Conference was held 6-8 June 2018 at the Congress Centre of Engineering Faculty, University of Rome Tor Vergata in Rome, Italy.


The Program (PDF) for the 2018 edition of the International Hydrail Conference included nearly 20 experts from 8 countries reporting on technology and policy advancement in the very challenging field of innovative and sustainable railways. Conference information is available on the University of Rome's conference website at http://hydrail-conference-2018.uniroma2.it/.

Conference Presentations

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

The Dynamics of Fundamental Change in Industries With Long Life Plant, Stan Thompson - USA

Roundtable, Hydrail present and future. Moderated by: Fabio Orecchini, Marconi University - IT

Thursday, 7 June 2018
Session 1: Introductory Session

Advances in hydrogen safety engineering, Vladimir Molkov, Ulster University - IR

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 - DE

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, Herbert Wancura synergesis consult.ing - A

Two China Hydrail Trams, presented by Stan Thompson

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

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

Future Scenarios for Hydrogen-Fueled Trains in the Regional Lines of Italy, Luigi Crema, Fondazione Bruno Kessler - IT

Friday, 8 June 2018
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 (presented by Gordon Lovegrove), 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

Session 6: Hydrogen Safety
Large-scale Hydrogen Distribution via Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC),Cornelius von der Heydt, Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH - D


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

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.