The railway industry is embracing the potential of cutting-edge battery technology to drive it towards a greener and more sustainable future. Batteries have already demonstrated their worth in various applications within the rail sector, from providing auxiliary power for rail track and train components to enabling hybrid and all-electric traction, energy recovery through regenerative braking, and enhancing overall performance and reliability.
At Celltech, we have decades-long experience with Rail Industry batteries. We recognise that the future of rail transportation hinges on the successful integration of advanced battery solutions capable of meeting the industry’s stringent demands. Batteries are not just components but an integral part of the rail sector’s strategy to improve efficiency, sustainability, and safety. However, they must meet rigorous quality and performance standards, necessitating extensive testing and certification. This is something we always take seriously.
Railway Battery Technology
Our offering includes several types of batteries found in the rail industry applications. Here are some of the most common chemistries supplied by us:
Nickel-Cadmium Batteries (Ni-Cd):
With a high power density and long cycle life, Ni-Cd batteries are utilised in hybrid and all-electric traction systems. Ni-Cd batteries are also used to provide backup power for train components, such as lighting, air conditioning, communication systems, and emergency brakes.
Zinc-air cells are non-rechargeable batteries with a very high energy density and low cost. Zinc-air technology has found success in various railway applications like, Lighting Signals, Stop Warning Lights, Railway Phones and Last Cargo Rail Track Signaling.
Known for their cost-effectiveness, lead-acid batteries are primarily used for providing auxiliary power for train components such as lighting, air conditioning, communication systems, and emergency brakes.
Lithium-Ion Batteries (Li-ion):
Li-ion batteries are the most advanced and versatile, boasting high energy and power density, long cycle life, and low self-discharge rates. They are used for various purposes, including energy storage systems (ESS) for traction power, regenerative braking, and performance enhancement. We have developed a range of high-quality battery systems based on Li-ion technology tailored to the specific needs of trains.