Electric vehicles charging using the braking energy from trains

The first “metrolinera” in Spain is a reality since March, when the first one was opened in Madrid. Nothing special here, except for the term itself -metrolinera – a post for charging electric vehicles, installed above ground, which takes advantage of energy wasted in braking trains;in this case the trains in the Metro de Madrid.

The development of this infrastructure is part of the Train2Car project, run by a Spanish consortium whose main objective was precisely to develop technology that used this energy and its storage to subsequently use it for charging DC electric vehicles.

The Train2Car project has been developed by a consortium made up of Metro de Madrid, the Pontifical University of Comillas (specifically by the Institute of Technological Research, ICAI), Computer Systems and Automatic General System (SICA) and the CIEMAT.

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2014