26 Aug '12, 2pm

Prototype light metro electric trainset with supercapacitor energy storage

Prototype light metro electric trainset with supercapacitor energy storage 26 August 2012 Railway Gazette International . CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive introduced a prototype light metro electric trainset which uses banks of supercapacitors for energy storage. Developed in conjunction with Chinese Academy of Engineering, the trainset has underfloor power pick-ups which are used to charge the roof-mounted supercapacitor unit from a fixed supply while the train is stood at a station. Charging takes 30 sec and can power the train for 2 km. Energy regenerated during braking is recovered for reuse. The two-car articulated trainset which was rolled out on August 10 is designed for a maximum speed of 80 km/h [50 mph], with an intended operating speed of 70 km/h [43 mph]. It is 2,650 mm wide, has a capacity of 320 passengers and is suitable for a minimum curve radius of 80 m. Th...

Full article: http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/08/csr-20120826.html

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