The technology, which couples Zenobe’s batteries with Hitachi’s Static Frequency Converter (SFC) system, will be used on the British rail network in its first application in the country. The first planned applications will be to provide 24/7 traction power to depots, providing a cost-effective alternative power supply which will remain accessible at times when power is normally unavailable.

In addition, the technology could also be used in future to provide power to sections of track where electrification is currently undergoing maintenance and upgrading, providing significantly decreased disruption, greater efficiency and enabling longer work times.