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A supercapacitor based light rail vehicle: system design and operations modes

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5 Author(s)
Mir, L. ; IKERLAN-IK4 Technol. Res. Centre, Mondragon, Spain ; Etxeberria-Otadui, I. ; de Arenaza, I.P. ; Sarasola, I.
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This paper presents the design and validation process of a supercapacitor storage based light rail vehicle (tramway). The main design aspects of the storage system are described: storage system rating, supercapacitor bank modeling, power electronic converter design and system control and management algorithms. Based on this design procedure, two 200 kW bidirectional multichannel buck-boost converter modules have been designed and connected to their respective supercapacitor banks. Comparing with a conventional rail light vehicle, the designed system is able to achieve an improved efficiency and circulate in autonomous mode (without catenary). Besides a series of simulations validating different system operation modes, experimental results obtained from a full scale tramway are also presented.

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Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, 2009. ECCE 2009. IEEE

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20-24 Sept. 2009

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