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❱ Since Hydrail reduces capital

requirements and project risk so
significantly, railways that could not
previously afford to electrify might now
have a viable path to zero-emission,
zero-carbon service.
added, the diesel incumbent is displaced. Over time, the entire
system is progressively decarbonized until only Hydrail-electric
trains are running on the rails. Capital risks are reduced because
no catenary construction is required, which also means that no
existing tunnels, bridges and service crossings must be altered. It
is, indeed, wireless electrification.
Since Hydrail reduces capital requirements and project risk so
significantly, railways that could not previously afford to electrify
might now have a viable path to zero-emission, zero-carbon
service. Hydrail could thus facilitate and expand new commuter
railway development and modernization.
Indeed, with Hydrail, the focus of electrification projects
shifts from construction to the rolling stock supply chain.
Instead of concrete, steel and wire work, the critical path is more
dependent on locomotive production and delivery, as well as the
commissioning of the hydrogen supply system.
Consequently, Hydrail expands the community of railway
suppliers to include makers of hydrogen storage tanks and
reservoirs, fuel cell manufacturers, electrolysis plant developers,
battery pack and ultracapacitor suppliers, sensor equipment
and hydrogen gas providers. Especially important will be
personnel newly trained in operating and maintaining these
integrated systems.
As with most disruptive innovations, Hydrail will also blur the
boundaries between traditional sectors. For example, grid-scale
electrolysis generates not only hydrogen, but also provides grid
operators with valued services, including frequency regulation
that helps improve power quality and stability for all users
connected to the electricity system. For power generators,
electrolysis also allows low-carbon electricity to be stored as a
valuable energy commodity. Energy storage is crucial to balancing
supply and demand wherever increasing levels of intermittent
renewable power are being integrated into a region's power
generation mix. Offering such grid services could become a new
source of revenue for railway operators.
For all these reasons, the emergence of Hydrail should be
considered a transformative innovation opportunity for the railway
supply chain. It reduces the financial barriers that inhibit the
growth of electrified railway services around the world; it orients
the primary focus of electrification projects from infrastructure
construction to technology deployment; and, it expands the
railway supply sector to include new, clean technology providers
and operators.
Canadian technology currently is at the core of this profound
innovation. The question is will we capitalize on this opportunity,
or leave the benefits of scaling up to others? ■

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❱ Puisque Hydrail réduit considérablement
les besoins en capital et les risques
liés aux projets, les chemins de fer qui
n'avaient pas les moyens d'électrifier
auparavant pourraient maintenant avoir
une voie viable vers un service zéro
émission et zéro carbone.

Cependant, l'électrification Hydrail commence dès l'entrée
en service du premier véhicule. Chaque nouveau véhicule
Hydrail déplace un véhicule diesel. Au fil du temps, l'ensemble
du système est progressivement décarbonisé. Les risques sont
réduits parce qu'aucune construction caténaire n'est requise.
C'est effectivement de l'électrification sans fil.
Les chemins de fer qui n'avaient pas les moyens d'électrifier
auparavant pourraient maintenant avoir une voie viable vers un
service zéro émission et zéro carbone. Hydrail pourrait ainsi
faciliter la modernisation de nouveaux chemins de fer de banlieue.
En effet, avec Hydrail, les projets d'électrification passent de la
construction à la chaîne d'approvisionnement du matériel roulant.
Au lieu des infrastructures en béton, en acier et en fil métallique,
le chemin critique dépend davantage de la production et de la
livraison des locomotives.
Par conséquent, Hydrail élargit la communauté des
fournisseurs pour inclure les fabricants de réservoirs d'hydrogène,
de piles à combustible, d'installations d'électrolyse, de batteries,
d'ultracondensateurs, de capteurs et de gaz d'hydrogène. Le
personnel nouvellement formé à l'exploitation et à l'entretien de
ces systèmes intégrés sera particulièrement important.
Comme pour la plupart des innovations perturbatrices,
Hydrail brouillera également les frontières entre les secteurs
traditionnels. Par exemple, l'électrolyse fournit aux opérateurs
de réseau des services précieux, y compris la régulation de la
fréquence, qui aide à améliorer la qualité et la stabilité de l'énergie
pour tous les utilisateurs. L'électrolyse permet également de
stocker de l'électricité à faible teneur en carbone. Le stockage de
l'énergie est essentiel pour équilibrer l'offre et la demande partout
où des niveaux croissants d'énergie renouvelable intermittente
sont intégrés dans le mélange de production d'électricité d'une
région. L'offre de tels services de réseau pourrait devenir une
nouvelle source de revenus pour les exploitants ferroviaires.
Pour toutes ces raisons, l'émergence d'Hydrail doit être considérée
comme une occasion d'innovation transformatrice pour la chaîne
d'approvisionnement ferroviaire. Elle réduit les obstacles financiers
qui entravent la croissance des services ferroviaires électrifiés
dans le monde entier. Elle oriente les projets d'électrification, de la
construction d'infrastructures au déploiement de technologies, et elle
élargit le secteur de l'approvisionnement ferroviaire pour y inclure les
nouveaux fournisseurs et exploitants de technologies propres.
La technologie canadienne est actuellement au coeur de cette
innovation profonde. Reste à savoir si nous allons profiter de cette
occasion ou laisser les avantages de l'expansion à d'autres. ■



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President’s Message
Bigger Hopper Cars, Faster Grain Shipments
Canada’s New Locomotive Emissions Regulations
Liquid Assets
Hydrail: A Profound Innovation Opportunity for Canadian Railway Suppliers
Locomotive and Passenger Car Freeze-Up Downtime Can Be Prevented
From Last Spike to First in Class: Creativity, Collaboration, and Determination in the Pursuit of Leadership
How to Achieve a Respectful, Harassment-Free Workplace
CARS News
New Members
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supplier Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser.com
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