40 lokos to convert to green powertrains
Operail is converting its diesel-electric locomotives to zero-emission fuel cell electric locomotives manufactured by Stargate Rail. The two Estonian companies recently signed a letter of intent to this effect.
As part of the retrofit, the diesel generator sets that power the locomotives will be replaced by a zero-emission powertrain consisting of polymer-electrolyte-membrane fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries. After the conversion, the units will be used as shunting locomotives.
The partnership with Operail is planned in two phases. Initially, a prototype of a fuel cell electric locomotive will be constructed by the end of 2022. In the second phase, the parties intend to convert an additional 40 locomotives to fuel cell power. (ben)