Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 46

48 | Article Article | 47 The electricity generated by the fuel cell provides the power for traction with only water emitted as steam. Excess electricity is stored in lithium ion batteries located beneath the vehicle. Next to the battery set is an auxiliary converter that supplies electricity to various on-board systems. The iLint’s fuel cell only works when the vehicle is accelerating, powering down when it brakes, thereby saving hydrogen, and managed by the train’s smart energy management system and its flexible energy storage capacity. The electricity generated by the fuel cell provides the power for traction with only water emitted as steam. The train has a low-floor so its easy to access, and it generates little sound, thereby reducing noise nuisance for local communities. Given that the iLint can travel for up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, travelling at speeds of up to 140kph, Alstom believes it is ideal for non-electrified routes. The iLint was designed by Alstom at the company’s Salzgitter site in Lower Saxony, Germany, with the traction system and brakes designed separately at two sites in France, at Tarbes and Ornans. The vehicle’s first successful test took place in March 2017 at Salzgitter, followed by further tests at Velim in the Czech Republic. It is now fully commissioned, with electrical and pneumatic systems tested and the vehicles battery, pressure tank and fuel cell certified by TÜV Süd. The aim is for Coradia iLint to replace existing diesel multiple units, such as those currently operating between Bremervörde, Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven where 14 units will take over from December 2021, operated by Elbe-Weser- Verkehrsbetriebe (evb). A trial run on the evb network is due to commence in the Spring. Safe, silent, and sustainably powered; the future of rail travel has arrived. InfraConclave 2018 - A successive endeavor towards progressive infrastructure New Delhi, June 15, 2018: After the success of the first edition of InfraConclave, the team brought the 2ndedition, InfraConclave 2018. It is an inclusive dialogue platform for engagement of stakeholders, policymakersand industry experts. The conclave was organized to initiate a discussion of ‘actionable intelligence’ and to give realistic solutions/action points to the Government for the development of country’s infrastructure. It was held on 15-16 June2018, at New Delhi. The conclave brought together industry’s brainy individuals, infrastruc