China’s first hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive from base power to major components began testing on a 627 km rail line for coal transportation in northern Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region from China.
The hydrogen locomotive project was jointly initiated by the Inner Mongolia branch of State Power Investment Corporation Limited (SPIC), CRRC Datong Co., Ltd. and Hydrogen Energy Co., Ltd. from SPIC. CRRC Datong developed the locomotive, using the hydrogen fuel cell system developed by SPIC Hydrogen Energy Company.
Relying on its own railway, SPIC Inner Mongolia took the initiative to put the locomotive into service, carrying out a closed loop from national R&D to application.
Li Lingtao, deputy chief engineer at CRRC Datong Co., Ltd., said the hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive has a design speed of 80 km / h. It can run with 700 kW of continuous power for 24.5 hours when fully loaded with fuel, and its maximum pulling load on straight roads reaches 5,000 tons.
Without changing the basic conditions of the railway line, the hydrogen locomotive can perform versatile tasks such as operation, shunting and rescue in various locomotive depots, car depots, marshalling yards, large factories. , mines, ports, etc.
Compared with traditional diesel locomotives, the hydrogen locomotive will reduce carbon emissions by about 80 kg per kilometer of 10,000 tons. The new-energy locomotive is expected to reduce carbon emissions by around 96,000 tonnes per year on the coal-fired railway connecting the Baiyinhua coal mine in Inner Mongolia to the port of Jinzhou in northeastern Liaoning province. China).
On the 627 kilometer railway line of Jinbai, SPIC Inner Mongolia has an independent dispatch system, which can fully coordinate the benefits of power plants, rail transport organizations, production dispatch and others. units along the line in the system, and ensure the start of operation of hydrogen locomotives.
The next step will be to jointly develop a 2000 kW hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive suitable for wider applications in the rail industry.