The world’s first hydrogen-powered train began testing in the UK

The world’s first hydrogen-powered train began testing in the UK

In the UK, Porterbrook together with the Centre for railway research and education at Birmingham University began testing the first hydrogen train.

The train, called HydroFLEX, needs to be tested on the main railway.

The composition is equipped with a fuel cell system for class 319 trains, which will allow the train to move on just as electrified routes, as well as independently.

This is a big plus, since the train to work on any of the rail lines in the UK, but will also be clean when you go to the energy from the hydrogen.

Worked on a project for several companies, in particular, Chrysalis Rail, Denchi, Ballard Fuel Cell Systems and Luxfer.

“We were very happy with the way the train passed a test track, and look forward to its release on the national rail network. A demonstration of how can be hydrogen, shows all its advantages”, – said the head of Department of innovative and technical services Porterbrook Helen Simpson.

This concept is already widely used in France and Germany.

We will remind, in the beginning of this year the manufacturer of vehicles for Railways Alstom of France introduced the train of the fuel cell, developed in conjunction with Eversholt Rail, which will serve the UK.