Vivarail will revolutionise the British railway

  • Client Vivarail
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Location Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Status In Progress
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About 58% of British railway track has not been electrified yet meaning diesel trains are still running on partially electrified lines which causes 3,590k tonnes of CO2 emissions yearly. Diesel trains will be phased out at 2040 but the whole UK network is unlikely to be electrified. The acquisition of new equipment is expensive. This leaves carriers to be confronted with a major challenge.

Customer's challenge

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Vivarail is a key innovator in this sector by offering a range of hybrid and battery-powered trains. Vivarail has developed new technology to convert existing stock, diesel or line powered, into zero-emission trains operating on batteries. Their own Class 230 trains, where Vivarail’s technology allows their trains to operate on a variety of power sources.

This is how we are helping Vivarail
Soon after founding Vivarail, Strukton got involved as a partner. Enabling Vivarail in achieving their ambitions, Strukton designed an innovative traction inverter combined with an auxiliary power supply and battery charger which is capable of re-charging batteries rafts within minutes. The flexible design can be adapted to take energy from a range of power plants, such as generator-alternator sets, line power or Vivarail’s charger station. Vivarail is even studying a solution using hydrogen fuel cells.
Struktons’ smart software is able to charge the batteries and inform the driver when energy is sufficient to reach its next charging point. 
This powerful team will show the industry that emission-free train transportation is much more attractive than conventional combustion engines.
 
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Strukton has done its utmost to support us, which has led to an excellent relationship

Alice Gillman, head of Marketing at Vivarail

The result • Three satisfied carriers to date and many other opportunities in the pipeline worldwide
• The first battery passenger train in the United Kingdom
• A unique and powerful rapid charging system
• Innovative and flexible design makes driving on multiple energy sources possible

Lower costs

01 Flexibility
02 Lower costs and reduced emissions
Success
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01 Flexibility
02 Lower costs and reduced emissions
The traction system is flexible
  • The traction system is flexible and can accommodate different energy sources with minor adjustments
  • The traction system is low maintenance and future-proof
How do new power electronics provide for lower costs and reduced emissions?
  • There is no need for the carrier to purchase new trains
  • There is no need for the operator to electrify the railway lines to be able to drive sustainably (battery technology)
  • The traction system is flexible and can accommodate different energy sources with minor adjustments
  • The traction system is low maintenance and future-proof
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We believe that the battery train is the future. The change from a diesel train to a battery train reduces a huge amount of CO2. The battery trains have a range of 60 miles between the charges, which makes them fit for a lot of train connections.

Alice Gillman, head of Marketing at Vivarail

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