Stationary fuel cell power supply for railway electrification systems

Steffen Roth, Pietro Tricoli

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The reduction of CO2 emissions in the transport sector is one of the main objectives of the railway industry. Reliable railway operations require a dynamic and reliable energy supply and a direct access to renewable energy sources. Stationary fuel cell systems allow a decentralised power supply to reduce the grid dependency and allow the direct usage of green hydrogen, which can be produced in the vicinity of the railway line. The good transportability of hydrogen as a long-term energy storage medium in combination with the low maintenance and infrastructure cost of stationary fuel cells make hydrogen a viable solution for the electrification of some railway lines. Because of the good efficiency and the possibility of usage in co-generation systems, solid-oxide fuel cells systems would support the targeted environmental goals. By utilising and extending the existing infrastructure of catenary electrified tracks and operating with a simplified mobile application, a low maintenance and efficient stationary energy generation technology is proposed in this paper, to allow a cost-and energy-efficient decarbonisation of the railway industry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 IEEE 17th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics, and Power Engineering (CPE-POWERENG)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350300048
ISBN (Print)9798350300055 (PoD)
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2023
Event17th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics and Power Engineering - Nordic Hotel Forum, Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 14 Jun 202316 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameCompatibility in power electronics
ISSN (Print)2166-9538
ISSN (Electronic)2166-9546


Conference17th International Conference on Compatibility, Power Electronics and Power Engineering
Abbreviated titleCPE-POWERENG 2023


  • Solid-oxide fuel cells
  • railways
  • decentralised power supply
  • grid-connected systems
  • renewable energies
  • stationary fuel cells


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