HAROLD train upgrade; VAT tests hydrogen trucks

The HAROLD 2.0 test rig will deliver a safer, more reliable and higher capacity railway.

The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) will soon launch HAROLD 2.0 full-scale bogie test rig builds upon the existing HAROLD facility with £1 million of capital funding.

The upgrade will use real-time energy storage models, e.g. battery and hydrogen fuel cell model-in-the-loop.

Commissioned as the UK’s only full-size rig of its kind, it features a motored rolling road that can drive a wheelset of a standard gauge bogie at speeds up to 200km/h, exerting real-world forces via its hydraulic actuation system.

The test environment can re-create whole-route traction and braking duty cycles under a range of wheel-rail adhesion conditions, thereby providing an invaluable proving stage prior to on-track trials.

With provision for battery banks and fully configurable real-time models, the test rig will also provide the capability to prove novel hybrid drivetrains and energy storage systems, enabling hardware and software solutions to be trialled in a controlled but realistic environment.

The installation is expected to be ready for operation by summer 2022, where it will join other recent UKRRIN funded investments, such as the PANTHER high-speed pantograph test rig and the THOMoS high-fidelity passenger comfort/motion simulator.

 VAT and Gebrüder Weiss

VAT is expanding testing environmentally friendly goods transport with a hydrogen-powered truck via its logistics partner Gebrüder Weiss GmbH (Austrian based transport and logistics company).

Gebrüder Weiss GmbH is a member of the H2 Mobility Switzerland Support Association. This initiative developed and implemented the world’s first ecosystem for the practical use of hydrogen to power vehicles. By using a hydrogen-powered, zero-emission truck to transport goods, Gebrüder Weiss GmbH is to protect the environment while increasing efficiency and productivity.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: 02081237815
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