After taking on a first challenge to electrify a medium-power rail locomotive, LTS Marine embarked on the hybridization of a high-power rail locomotive. Since the current battery life does not allow complete electrification of this type of vehicle, hybridization was the most appropriate solution.
The installation of a hybrid propulsion system on a high-powered machine saves significant fossil fuel by recovering much of the energy through the regenerative braking system. The energy recovered is re-used for other car movements that considerably reduce the GHG emissions of this equipment.
As part of this project, the IVI engineers have been involved with LTS Marine for the design of the control software, prototype design, component selection, vehicle electrical architecture, harness plans, interface calibration of the accelerator and regenerative brakes and the start-up of the prototype.