Hydrail 2017 | 27-28 June 2017 | Graz, Austria

The cover of the Fall 2017 issue of The Bent of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society magazine features a photo of Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell train and a cut line that reads "Hydrail Fever!" The Mooresville Hydrail Initiative (MHI) is profoundly grateful to the article’s author, Dr. Arielle Emmett, who interviewed the MHI’s founders as well as presenters from several International Hydrail Conferences to write this historic documentation. It’s thorough and a good read available at http://www.tbp.org/pubs/Features/F17Emmett.pdf.

 

The 12th International Hydrail Conference: Building on the solid foundation of a tradition since 2005

Presentations available for download at https://www.hydrail.appstate.edu/hydrail2017

Welcome!
We thank you for your interest in Hydrail and a very successful 12th edition of the event series. The 12th Inernational Hydrail Conference was held in the Great Hall at St. Martin Castle in Graz, Austria on 27-28 June 2017.

IHC's objective is to contribute to the change of regime in the rail sector by providing a forum where technology experts, vehicle and rail infrastructure managers, as well as media, policy makers and other stakeholders, come together to discuss ideas on hydrogen and rail transport From the systemic level up to concrete designs and transformations.

Today, about 12 years after the first conference, held in Charlotte, North Carolina (USA), we are on the next, important benchmark for the future. While enthusiastic experts have discussed the subject in the rather small circle by means of concepts and individual demonstrators, the last two years have shown an acceleration that is almost as dramatic as the rail transport sector. Now a small fleet of Hydrail trams is on the road in the Caribbean. In Germany the prototypes of a complete model range around the entire European approval test and the latest announcements from China and the rest of the world signal a potential market break.

Herbert Wancura
Chairperson, 12th International Hydrail Conference

 

 

 HYDROGEN RAIL NEWS UPDATES:

Alstom unveils its zero-emission train Coradia iLint at InnoTrans

BMVI STUDY EXAMINES THE ECONOMIC, LEGAL AND TECHNICAL PREREQUISITES FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF FUEL CELL RAILCARS IN RAIL TRANSPORTATION


 

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

Jun 19, 2017 | Toronto Star
The provincial government has decided to pursue potentially groundbreaking clean train technology as part of its plans to electrify the GO Transit network, the Star has learned.
Apr 19, 2017 | CNN tech
Imagine a nearly silent train that glides along its tracks emitting nothing more toxic than water.That train is a reality.In March, Germany conducted successful tests of the world's first "Hydrail" -- a hydrogen powered, zero-emission train.
Oct 26, 2016 | finazen.net
Zunächst fahren zwei Prototypen vor allem auf den Strecken von Bremerhaven nach Buxtehude und Cuxhaven. Bis 2020 sollen dort 14 Züge im Einsatz sein, wie Niedersachsens Verkehrsminister Olaf Lies (SPD) mitteilte. Der französische Hersteller Alstom präsentiert den neuen Antrieb auf der Bahntechnikmesse Innotrans, die am Dienstag in Berlin eröffnet wurde.
Oct 26, 2016 | WeltN24 GmbH
20.09.2016 (German)Schienentechnikhersteller Alstom baut den ersten Zug in Serienfertigung, der per Brennstoffzelle angetrieben wird.Ab Dezember 2017 soll er auf der Strecke Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven in Betrieb gehen.Der iLint hat einen Wasserstofftank und eine Brennstoffzelle, die Wasserstoff in elektrische Energie umwandelt.
Jul 20, 2016 | NOW - GmbH
Berlin 1. July 2016 – Around 50 percent of the German rail network is not electrified. This makes the deployment of electric railcars using hydrogen-run fuel cells an interesting and promising potential alternative. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministeriums für Verkehr und Digitale Infrastruktur) and coordinated by the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW), a consortium comprising Ernst & Young GmbH, Ludwig-Bölkow Systemtechnik GmbH, IFOK GmbH, SIGNON Deutschland GmbH, TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH, law firm Becker Büttner Held and further partners examined the deployment of fuel cell railcars in Germany.
Jun 21, 2016 | Railway Technology
After years of speculation about the merits of hydrogen for rail transportation, the German state of Schleswig-Holstein announced plans to electrify its entire railway network using hydrail fuel cell equipment by 2025. Those behind the project believe this will mark a major step in popularising the environmentally friendly technology.
Aug 5, 2015 | Mass Transit
TIG/m, LLC Delivers Third Hydrogen/Hybrid Streetcar to Aruba in Island’s Transition to 100% SustainabilityTIG/m's self-powered pollution-free streetcars are helping Aruba pave the way to 100% renewable energy by 2020 Los Angeles, July 20, 2015 - TIG/m, LLC, manufacturers of the world’s greenest streetcars for inner-city public transportation, is delivering its third hydrogen/hybrid, pollution-free, heritage-style streetcar to Oranjestad, the capital of the Dutch island nation of Aruba.
Jun 1, 2015 | Hydrogenics Press Release
Gladbeck, Germany – May 27, 2015 – Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS; TSX: HYG) ("Hydrogenics" or "the Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has signed a 10 year exclusive agreement to supply Alstom Transport with hydrogen fuel cell systems for Regional Commuter Trains in Europe
Apr 9, 2015 | Press Release, Ballard Power Systems
Vancouver, Canada and Qingdao, China – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram was successfully demonstrated at a ceremonial event held in March at the head office, production and testing facility of CSR Qingdao Sifang Company (CSR Sifang), a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer based in Qingdao, Shandong province. “This is an exciting demonstration of our world leading fuel cell power modules in a new application,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO. “Clean urban transportation...Other Coverage:China's Hydrogen-Powered Future Starts in Trams, Not Cars, BloombergChina has created the world's first hydrogen fuel cell streetcar, Business InsiderSmog-beater: First hydrogen powered tram developed in China, RT News
Oct 1, 2014 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY - Alstom Transport hopes to have 40 fuel cell-powered trains in commercial service on regional lines in Germany by 2020 under an accord signed at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 24. Under the letters of intent signed between Alstom, the Länder of Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg and the transport authority of Hesse, two prototype trains are to be developed by the end of 2018 for revenue service trials...continue reading at Railway Gazette.