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    THALES: hybrid tram train with on-board ultracapacitors  

Project type:
R&D project

Joined research project of SNCF, INRETS, ALSTOM, CONNEX, EDF and RATP


Start: 12/2000

Project aims:
Assessment of the technical feasibility of a hybrid vehicle with ultracapacitor storage and development of a bench demonstrator

Application area:
The current project aims at testing a bench demonstrator vehicle(s)


The project studies the technical feasibility and the economic and environmental performance of a catenary-free city tram-train or tramway operating with energy supplied by on-board double-layer capacitors charged at stations.
The project is divided into 2 phases: study and bench demonstrator.
The project is partly funded by the French PREDIT programme.

References / Links:
Related technologies:  Double-layer capacitors (storage technology);  On-board energy storage in DC systems
Contact persons:  Jean Chabas (SNCF (Research and Development Division))
 date created: 2003-02-28
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