H is for train
The UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North is advocating the use of hydrogen-powered trains as part of plans to reduce dangerous levels of air pollution in towns and cities across the northern England. The IPPR’s Northern Energy Taskforce wants to see radically improved green public transport links with hydrogen-powered trains made a priority.
The Taskforce points out that, at just 1% of UK energy consumption, rail is a low-cost, underexploited resource that could enable modal shift across both private and commercial vehicle use.
In Germany in March French trainmaker Alstom conducted successful tests of the world's first Hydrail, a hydrogen powered, zero-emission train which makes 60% less noise than a traditional locomotive and emits only water. The hydrogen-cell train – a Coradia iLint – has a range of 500 miles per day on a single tank of hydrogen. The technology is based on the company’s existing Coradia Lint diesel train
Trial deployments are expected before the year-end on Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line.
brand-e: Keep a close eye on hydrogen as a key alternative fuel. Shell is teaming up with Toyota to build seven hydrogen refuelling stations across California, while UPS will deploy hydrogen-powered trucks in Sacramento in September.