Pesa unveils first pictures of its hydrogen locomotive

2021/05/13 at 9:12 AM

Pesa Bydgoszcz presented the first pictures of its hydrogen-powered shunting locomotive. The Polish rolling stock manufacturer plans to demonstrate the vehicle itself at the TRAKO International Railway Fair to take place in late September in Gdańsk.

Pesa’s prototype f hydrogen-powered shunting locomotive, source: Pesa Bydgoszcz

Pesa Bydgoszcz is developing its prototype of hydrogen-powered locomotive on the basis of the SM42 shunter. The vehicle will be equipped with four 180-kilowatt asynchronous engines, two liquid-cooled traction inverters, an auxiliary converter, a traction LTO battery in LTO technology with a capacity of 167.7 kilowatt-hours, as well as two sets of 85-kilowatt hydrogen cells. As a result, the hydrogen locomotive will be able to haul trains with a weight of up to 3,200 tonnes.

Final stage

According to the Polish train builder, its hydrogen project is at the final stage and is completed at 70 per cent. The company has scheduled to demonstrate the innovative shunter on 21-24 September at the TRAKO International Railway Fair. Pesa Bydgoszcz is developing the locomotive in a partnership with PKN Orlen, Poland’s major refinery group. Therefore, the first Polish hydrogen shunter will be tested at Orlen’s refinery in Płock.

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