The world’s first hydrogen train began testing in the UKJuly 2, 2019
In the UK, Porterbrook, together with the Center for Railroad Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, began testing the first hydrogen train.
The train, called HydroFLEX, must be tested on the mainline railway.
The train is equipped with a fuel cell system for a class 319 train, which will allow the train to move both along ordinary electrified routes and independently.
This is a big plus, since the train runs on any of the UK railway lines, but it will also be clean when switching to energy from hydrogen.
Several companies worked on the project at once, in particular, Chrysalis Rail, Denchi, Ballard Fuel Cell Systems and Luxfer.
“We were very pleased with the way the train passed the test track, and we are looking forward to seeing it on the national railway network. Demonstrating how the transition to hydrogen can take place demonstrates all of its benefits, ” – said Helen Simpson, head of innovation and technical services at Porterbrook.
This concept is already widely used in France and Germany.
Recall that at the beginning of this year, the manufacturer of vehicles for the railway Alstom from France presented a fuel cell train, developed jointly with Eversholt Rail, which will serve the UK.
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