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258 Engineering Projects 120 (2022) Heft 6-7 DC charging for the Coventry Very Light Rail Project Noel Dolphin, Rob Daffern and Mariusz Sledz, London (UK) Furrer +Frey has been investing in and developing ultra-rapid charging technology for public transport for over ten years, with technology already deployed in Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Canada and Switzerland. In 2019, a unique opportunity was presented for the first UK implementation of the Furrer+Frey All-in-One Charger in the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) Project. Seeing this first deployment for VLR was a milestone in achieving zero net emission in public transport in the UK and one of the first rapid rail vehicle battery chargers deployed worldwide. Gleichstromladung für das Coventry Very Light Rail-Projekt Furrer +Frey investiert seit über zehn Jahren in die Entwicklung von ultraschnellen Ladetechnologien für den öffentlichen Verkehr und hat diese bereits in Spanien, Schweden, den Niederlanden, Kanada und der Schweiz eingesetzt. 2019 bot sich die einmalige Gelegenheit, das Furrer+Frey All-in-OneLadegerät erstmals im Vereinigten Königreich im Very Light Rail (VLR)-Projekt von Coventry einzusetzen. Dieser erste Einsatz für VLR war ein Meilenstein auf dem Weg zu einem emissionsfreien öffentlichen Verkehr in Großbritannien und eines der ersten Schnellladegeräte für Schienenfahrzeuge weltweit. Chargement en courant continu pour le projet de métro très léger de Coventry Furrer +Frey a investi et développé une technologie de charge ultra-rapide pour les transports publics depuis plus de dix ans, avec une technologie déjà déployée en Espagne, en Suède, aux Pays-Bas, au Canada et en Suisse. En 2019, une opportunité unique s’est présentée pour la première mise en œuvre au Royaume-Uni du chargeur tout-en-un de Furrer+Frey dans le projet de métro très léger (VLR) de Coventry. Le fait de réaliser ce premier déploiement pour le VLR a été une étape importante dans l’atteinte de l’émission nette zéro dans les transports publics au Royaume-Uni et l’un des premiers chargeurs rapides de batteries de véhicules ferroviaires déployés dans le monde. 1 Introduction Between 1912 and 1940, Coventry Corporation Tramways operated a tramway service in Coventry, England. During the Second World War, the heavy bombing caused too much damage to the remaining system to be repaired, and the system was abandoned. Bus operations became the primary public transport providers; however, they can no longer meet the demand of future expansion. In 2016, the Warwick Manufacturing Group, part of the University of Warwick, released a proposal for a new light rail network to support Coventry City’s green ambitions as the Coventry Very Light Rail project. In traditional light rail, the electricity needed for traction power is supplied directly from the grid via an overhead line. However, conventional light rail systems can cost 50millionGBP per kilometre, with a 1,7 km extension of a Birmingham tram line costing 160millionGBP. Providing several medium-sized cities with a light rail network is simply unaffordable at these prices in the UK. 2 Background The VLR Project is a research and development project using the latest automotive battery expertise developed in the midlands region to deliver an innovative and affordable light rail system at the target cost of 10 million GBP per kilometre. The project is managed by Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), part of Warwick University and the vehicle is being designed and built by Transport Design International (TDI). Furrer+Frey delivered both the charging technology infrastructure, an inverted infrastructure mounted pantograph, and vehicle-mounted conducting strips. The VLR system has a lighter weight, smaller capacity and consequently lower cost vehicles, powered 100% electrically. The lighter weight vehicle allows for a reduced trackform depth, that can be laid over existing utility services without needing to relocate them. It is thanks to this that the project becomes affordable. Additionally, VLR does not have any tailpipe emissions or non-particle emissions from brake pads and tires that buses have. eb 6-7 2022 ePaper Abonnement 2022 ã Georg Siemens Verlag GmbH & Co. KG Vervielfältigung und Verbreitung unzulässig und strafbar!