DOST and PNR launch Filipino-made hybrid electric trains

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled the first Filipino designed, developed, and made hybrid electric train on June 25, 2016.

Hybrid Train
The event was spearheaded by DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, incoming DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña, and PNR Chairman Manuel Torres at the Philippine National Railways’ (PNR) Tutuban station.

The hybrid electric train is a P120-million project developed by DOST’s Metal Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) in 2013 which also included the DOST’s hybrid road train which was launch earlier this year. The DOST Secretaries and the PNR chairman faced the media to talk more about the project that promises a “safer, more comfortable and bearable” commuting experience for the public.

“It’s high time that we give recognition to the fact that we are fortunate to have the best engineering and technical minds in the country… We have the solutions to our own problems. We can make local technologies work,” Montejo said.

“This proves yet again that our engineers are very capable to develop high-tech systems if only they are empowered to pursue such R&D (research & development) activities.

“Most important is that this is local. There was a lot of value adding done by our engineers to come up with this electric hybrid train,” Montejo added.

Montejo said that the hybrid electric train has batteries on board that store the energy it generates when it runs and stops; a more energy efficient train because of its regenerative capability compared to the current PNR trains.
Secretary Montejo and PNR Chair Torres also gave additional statements in a GMA NEWS TV’s Balitanghali interview and feature.
Very proud tayo…very proud na kaya naman talaga ng Pilipino na gumawa ng train (We are very proud… very proud that the Filipinos can really make a train),” said Montejo.
Magpo-provide kami ng mga facility para ma-test pa itong mga trains na ito. Titignan natin yung durability, safety, at saka, yung efficiency nung mga train (We will provide facilities to test these hybrid trains. We will see its durability, safety, and efficiency of these trains), “PNR Chair Torres noted.
The DOST-developed hybrid electric trains are set to run on standard PNR railroad tracks after undergoing “rigorous safety testing” according to MIRDC. The DOST plans to request additional funding to make more hybrid trains.

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