HEC Group joins Rail CRC to put battery project on-track

The HEC Group/CRC teamFrom left to right - Dr. Shuwei Wan (CEO, HEC, Australia), Dr. Stuart Thomson (CEO, Rail Manufacturing CRC), Professor Guoxiu Wang (UTS) and Feng-Rong He (HEC) in the HEC Laboratory.

HEC Group will join Australia’s Rail Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) to help develop a lithium battery project.

Overseen by the Rail Manufacturing CRC, the project will focus on the development of new materials for lithium ion batteries to be used for rail vehicle propulsion, regenerative braking, signalling systems and auxiliary applications.

Rail CRC CEO, Dr. Stuart Thompson, said that there is a clear synergy between the CRC and HEC Group.

“The Rail Manufacturing CRC is pleased to have the HEC Group join the Centre as a new participant, and is excited to work together to develop new lithium battery technologies to service the rail industry’s need for new energy regeneration and storage solutions,” Thomson said. 

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is the lead university on the lithium ion batteries project. The director of the UTS Centre for Clean Energy Technology, professor Guoxiu Wang, will be responsible for driving the delivery of the research project.

“This is an important collaborative project between the Rail Manufacturing CRC, the HEC Group and UTS, which has the potential to bring about innovative new battery technologies that not only benefit the Australian industry, but the global rail market as a whole,” professor Wang said.

The lithium ion batteries project is co-funded by the Rail Manufacturing CRC, and will be completed by December 2019.