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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)






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