There is an urgent need to address the problem of deteriorating air quality and physical environment in urban centres, due to the increasing levels of traffic congestion. The aim of this project is to develop a zero emission hybrid propulsion system for a light rail vehicle comprising a fuel cell and flywheel energy store. The flywheel provides the traction power and recovers the brake energy while the fuel-cell provides the constant low level of primary power needed to maintain the stored energy. It is proposed to develop, prove and exploit the system initially for use in zero emission ultra light rail vehicles and eventually as a zero emission alternative to the internal combustion engine in a whole range of conventional road vehicles and provides a low cost alternative to the electrification of light rail schemes.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards