Ricardo secures funds for rail-related energy innovation research
Engineering consultancy Ricardo has secured funding from the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) for two transport innovation project in the rail sector. Together with partners, Ricardo will compare battery and hydrogen trains, as well as look into possible energy efficiency measures around train stations.
Ricardo secured its funding together with Scottish Power, Network Rail and the University of Leeds. As part of the Holistic Hydrogen Approach to Heavy Duty Transport (H2H) study, the team will compare battery and hydrogen trains for future introduction on railway lines in rural Scotland. The outcome will form the basis of a feasibility study and, potentially, a demonstration project.
The second project is titled ‘the resilient and flexible railway multi-energy hub networks for integrated green mobility’ and will look into the various ways of improving energy efficiency around UK train stations. To that end, the team will study the feasibility of tapping the electricity of electric cars parked in station car parks to create a multi-energy hub wherein energy used by the station, rail traction systems and the electricity grid are integrated. This should improve efficiency while at the same time offer “greater flexibility to support both rail and grid operation.”
How much Ricardo and its partners were able to secure for the two projects, is unclear. The SIF will be investing some 450 million pounds (544 million euros) on such projects through 2026.