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Railways 2014
The Second International Conference on
Railway Technology:
Research, Development and Maintenance
Ajaccio, Corsica, France
8-11 April 2014
Energy Storage Technologies, Alternative Fuels and Management of Demand
organised by Prof. S. Hillmansen
University of Birmingham, UK
and A. Broadbent
Rail Safety and Standards Board, UK
Session Aims and Scope
The supply and security of energy is likely to undergo major change over the coming years. Increasing demand for oil is expected to drive energy costs to much higher levels than today yet rail has distinct advantages over other transport modes. Although greater electrification, potentially as part of a SmartGrid, is being researched, it will not be suitable for all routes. Energy storage and alternative fuels are therefore likely to become big factors but their technical feasibility and commercial viability are their biggest challenge.

The session aims to focus upon the sustainable use of energy to maintain rail's competitive advantage. The session will involve a mix of the latest research and actual rail based demonstrations of energy storage solutions, alternative fuels and management of demand that show how improvements in energy and power densities along with product lifecycles are being delivered.

The session will also consider potential infrastructure based developments along with examples of modelling and simulation to demonstrate the size of energy storage systems according to the type of application.

The session will cover, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • The application of on-board energy storage, to include flywheels, super capacitors, batteries, and other emerging technologies
  • Management of demand through system design and optimisation, to include driver advisory systems and advanced train control
  • Hybrid system integration and control
  • Wayside energy storage
  • The application of hydrogen and fuel cell technology for traction power and auxiliary systems
  • Alternative low carbon liquid and gaseous fuels
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organisers:
  • Prof. Stuart Hillmansen
    University of Birmingham, UK
    (s.hillmansen AT
  • Mr. Andrew Broadbent
    Rail Safety and Standards Board, UK
    (Andrew.Broadbent AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "RW2014-S07" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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