Hydrail 2018 | 6 - 8 June 2018 | Rome, Italy

13th International Hydrail Conference  | Rome, Italy  |  6-8 June 2018

Conference Presentations

The 13th International Hydrail Conference was held 6-8 June 2018 at the Congress Centre of Engineering Faculty, University of Rome Tor Vergata in Rome, Italy. Additional conference information is available on the University of Rome's conference website at http://hydrail-conference-2018.uniroma2.it/.


Hydrail Deployment Studies

Ontario Hydrail Feasibility Study Released  |  Ontario Hydrail Symposium



Latest News

The Twelfth Inernational Hydrail Conference was held on 27-28 June 2017 in the Great Hall at St. Martin Castle in Graz, Austria. This latest event in the 12-year-long event series featured coverage of the latest commercialization developments in hydrogen-powered railway and locomotive technology and offered a glimpse into potential future development and deployment efforts.While enthusiastic experts have discussed the subject in the rather small circle by means of concepts and individual...
In recognition of the recent commercial availability of hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains, the International Association for Hydrogen Energy's (http://www.iahe.org) December 2016 newsletter featured an article highlighting the origin of hydrail and the supporting role of the IAHE and its International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. The article, made available courtesy of the IAHE, is available for download.
The Eleventh International Hydrail Conference was hosted by the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education in Birmingham, UK on 4-5 July 2016. The conference celebrated recent developments in the commercial deployment of hydrogen train technology in Germany and China, and featured presentations from industry, academia, and government representatives from across Asia, Europe, and North America. A list of speakers, conference agenda, and presentations are available...
The 10th International Hydrail Conference was held on Monday, June 22 and Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the Charles Mack Citizens' Center (215 North Main St.) in Mooresville, NC USA. In addition to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the International Hydrail Conference series, this year's conference celebrated recent advancements in the commercialization of hydrogen-powered trains, including hydrogen-powered light rail developments in Germany, and other self-electrified rail transport options...
The Ninth International Hydrail Conference was held in Neumünster, Germany on 16-18 June 2014 in partnership with the Kulturlokschuppen Neumünster e.V. The event owes special thanks to Dr. Robert Habeck, Minister of Energy and Environment, State of Schleswig-Holstein, and his colleague Reinhard Meyer, Minister of Economy and Traffic, for their patronage; media partners Energie&Management, HZwei and SHZ-Verlag; our scientific partners, Fraunhofer Institut ISIT, Itzehoe, University of North...
MOORESVILLE, N.C., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year a world conference is held to coordinate work by scientists and engineers on using hydrogen technology to power trams and trains, replacing diesel oil and overhead wires. These International Hydrail Conferences (IHCs) were begun in 2005 by North Carolina's Mooresville South Iredell Chamber of Commerce and the Energy Center at Appalachian State University.This year's 8th International Hydrail Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada....
What you won't hear, but should, in news coverage about Hurricane Sandy and transit service interruptions is that hydrail—hydrogen fuel cell/battery hybrid—subway trains would be much less impacted by salt water flooding.Read more from Hydrail and Sandy: Learning the Hard Way at the HydrogenCarsNow blog.
The 2012 Hydrail conference was hosted by the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham. Presentations, videos and pictures from the conferecne are available for download at http://hydrail.org/conferences/49. The conference is produced with sponsorship from The Midlands Energy Graduate School, Science City Research Alliance, Mooresville Chamber of Commerce, University of Birmingham, and Appalachian State University.
The Seventh International Hydrail Conference (7IHC) will be held on 3 - 4 July 2012 at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Our hosts will be the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education whose mission is "providing fundamental scientific research, knowledge transfer and education to the international railway community." Additional details available at www.hydrail.org. Conference Information Online Registration
A small-town environmental transit project has reached around the world. History of the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative.

Hydrail in the News

Apr 13, 2018 | Railcolor News
Today Alstom Coradia iLint no. 654 102/602 was on tour in the German state of Hessen. The hydrogen powered train made a promotional run from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt-Höchst.With this trip, Alstom is put its Coradia iLint into the spotlight. It is one of the possible options for the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbundes (RMV) – that has released a tender for new trains with new technology that will replace diesel trains currently used on various non-electrified lines in the Taunus area. Read more at http://railcolornews.com/2018/04/13/de-alstom-promoting-its-hydrogen-ilint-in-hessen/
Mar 20, 2018 | Railway Gazette
EUROPE: Recognising growing interest around the world in the use of fuel cells and hydrogen as an alternative to railway electrification, the Shift2Rail joint undertaking announced on March 19 that it had decided to commission research into the technology.Noting that ‘electrifying the transport system is a major priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe’, and that ‘the railway has been a pioneer in this area with a large majority of its traffic running on electrified lines’, Shift2Rail says further efforts are needed, ‘in particular where other electrification alternatives have proven unfeasible to reach the environmental and zero-emission objectives for rail operations’.Shift2Rail teamed up with the Fuel Cells & Hydrogen 2 joint undertaking to host a joint Hydrogen Train workshop in May 2017...
Mar 20, 2018 | Gas World
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) is teaming-up with Shift2Rail to launch a joint call for tender in view of conducting a study that will address the needed market analysis and assess the potential of fuel cell and hydrogen (H2) technologies for the rail sector.
Mar 7, 2018 | Greentech Media
The U.K.’s rail sector is working to fast-track hydrogen-powered trains after policymakers lent their support to the idea in recent weeks.Reports last month said the U.K. Rail Safety and Standards Board, working with train maker Alstom, is hoping to start a hydrogen-powered train pilot by 2019 or early 2020.
Mar 1, 2018 | Global Railway Review
Ontario is exploring the potential of hydrail as an alternative to conventional trains; transforming the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent services for passengers.Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation released the province’s Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study, which revealed the feasibility of building and operating an electrified rail service on GO Transit and the UP Express using hydrogen-powered trains. This would be at a cost comparable to conventional electrification using overhead wires.
Feb 26, 2018 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Transport & Digital Infrastructure is to provide Siemens and RWTH Aachen University with €12m to support the development of more efficient fuel cells which would offer a longer life cycle and higher power density.In November 2017 Siemens and Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems announced an agreement to co-operate to develop a modular and scalable 200 kW fuel cell traction system which would be integrated into Siemens’ Mireo multiple-unit family for commercial service by 2021. Integration into other vehicle types would follow.
Feb 26, 2018 | FuelCellsWorks
Munich--Siemens and Ballard Power Systems Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cells, plan the joint development of a fuel cell drive for the Siemens Mireo train platform. Working together, the two companies intend to develop a new generation of fuel cells with an especially long lifecycle and high power density as well as improved efficiency.
Feb 22, 2018 | Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Ontario is taking the next steps in exploring the potential of hydrail as an alternative to conventional electric trains, as Ontario transforms the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent service for commuters and families.Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, was in Toronto today to release the province's Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study, which found that it would be feasible to build and operate electrified rail service on GO Transit and the UP Express using hydrogen-powered trains at a cost comparable to conventional electrification using overhead wires.
Feb 12, 2018 | Railway Gazette
UK: The Rail Safety & Standards Board is working with Alstom with the aim of piloting a hydrogen powered train in late 2019 or early 2020, RSSB Chief Executive Mark Phillips said on February 12.Philips was responding to a speech by Transport Minister Jo Johnson, who said he ‘would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040’. Johnson said the government was committed to ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040, and ‘if we can achieve that, then why can’t the railway aspire to a similar objective?’
Jan 19, 2018 | Global Rail News
UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said he wants to see hydrogen trains on Britain's rail network in the near future.Grayling was responding to a question from Labour MP Paul Blomfield about the environmental implications of the government's decision to cancel the electrification of the Midland Main Line north of Kettering.https://www.globalrailnews.com/2018/01/19/political-support-for-hydrogen-trains-in-the-uk/