Russian Energy Week Presents Russian Railways projects

The Russian Energy Week, which took place in Moscow from October 2 to 5, hosted the session “Energy Storage and Distributed Generation at Russian Railways”. Problems and prospects of use. ” Participants demonstrated the availability of solutions developed in Russia in the field of environmentally friendly generation and storage of has reported.

The discussion was moderated by Boris Ivanov, Deputy Head of the Technical Policy Department of Russian Railways. Professor of Stanford University Khalil Amin (USA), representatives of VNIIZhT JSC, Omsk State University of Railway Engineering (Omsk State Transport University), Federal State Unitary Enterprise Krylovsky State Scientific Center, Engineering Cluster of the Republic of Tatarstan and several high-tech companies took part in it.

Russian Railways has already exceeded targets set by the International Union of Railways to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, Boris Ivanov said. So, in 2018, the volume of emissions amounted to 38.1 million tons, which is 45.6% lower than the 1990 level. This is below the target set by the International Union of Railways for 2030 – 30% compared to 1990 data. 

At the same time, 16% of the electricity used by Russian Railways currently comes from environmentally friendly sources. 

The long-term development program of the company until 2025 provides for an increase in cargo turnover by 46.4% compared to 1990.

This may lead to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions and casts doubt on the holding’s fulfillment of obligations to reduce them. “We need innovations that will avoid this,” said Boris Ivanov. 

The Director General of TEEPM (Russian manufacturer of supercapacitors) Sergey Ageev spoke about the company’s project to create two versions of the main passenger locomotive – lithium-ion batteries and supercapacitors. 

According to Sergey Ageev, such a locomotive could replace the locomotive, now used to deliver the Lastochka electric train from Vladimir to Ivanovo. The only serious limitation is the life of lithium-ion batteries – under such loads they would have to be replaced too often.

Halil Amin, winner of the Global Energy International Prize 2019, spoke about modern research in the field of increasing capacity, extending the service life and increasing the fire safety of lithium-ion batteries. According to him, there are technologies such as, for example, lithium-oxygen batteries – they are able to increase the battery capacity from the current 100 watts to 1 kW per kilogram. However, these technologies still require serious basic research.

Igor Landgraf, chief designer of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Krylov State Scientific Center”, spoke about the company’s existing technologies for the production of hydrogen elements and power plants, as well as equipment for producing hydrogen fuel. He reported on the hydrogen generation projects implemented by the enterprise and the possibilities of its use both for traction and for providing electricity in places where other energy sources may be difficult to access.

Konstantin Ivanov, Deputy Head of the Traction Rolling Stock Department of JSC VNIIZhT, presented the projects of the hybrid main and shunting locomotives with batteries developed by the Institute. He noted that the most developed project is a contact-battery shunting electric locomotive for use at large passenger hubs. 
The power of such a locomotive should be from 500 kW when powered from the network to 300 kW when powered by batteries, which is enough to work with passenger trains of 22 cars. Unlike hybrid diesel locomotives, the emissions of such a machine are zero. According to Konstantin Ivanov, in the near future the institute will begin testing the TEM5X hybrid locomotive

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