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

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

Call for Contributions Now Open

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am very glad to invite you to the 2018 edition of the Hydrail Conference what has become a traditional event in the field of sustainable transportation.

IHC 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering of the University of Rome "Tor Vergata" in Rome (Italy) from the 6th to the 8th of June, 2018. Please find attached the call for contribution with all the details of the Conference.

Should you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the organizers.

Your input is extremely important to help enhance the breadth and topicality of the Hydrail Conference.

Best regards
Prof. Stefano Cordiner

Hydrail Deployment Studies

Overview of Hydrail Feasibility Study being conducted for Ontario, Canada by Metrolinx & GO rail network



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

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/
Jan 5, 2018 | Rail Engineer
Hydrail, the term coined for hydrogen-powered trains, started to become well known when the first annual international hydrail conference was held in North Carolina in 2005. While the first conference was largely an academic affair, by the time the 2017 hydrail conference was held in Graz, Austria, most of the speakers were from hydrail related businesses, a sure sign that the technology has come of age.https://www.railengineer.uk/2018/01/05/hydrail-comes-of-age/
Dec 11, 2017 | Nikkei Asian Review
TOKYO -- Buying a house right next to a rail line might not be such a bad idea in the near future. The latest research and development points to a future of trains without overhead power cables that emit nothing more noxious than water. https://asia.nikkei.com/Tech-Science/Tech/Japan-s-fuel-cell-train-rolls-ahead-under-its-own-steam?n_cid=NARAN1507
Nov 16, 2017 | Ontario Ministry of Transportation
The province is moving forward with concept design work for hydrogen-powered trains and is hosting experts from around the world to explore the potential of hydrail, as Ontario transforms the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent service for commuters and families.
Nov 14, 2017 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY: Siemens and Canadian fuel cell technology company Ballard Power Systems have signed an agreement to develop a 200 kW fuel cell suitable for powering Mireo electric multiple-units. The initial deployment of a fuel cell powered trainset is planned for 2021.'Our co-operation with Ballard is a decisive step towards replacing diesel-powered rail vehicles with emissions-free vehicles in the long term interests of sustainable and climate-friendly mobility', said Siemens Mobility Division CEO Sabrina Soussan on November 14.http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/fuel-cell-mireo-multiple-unit-to-be-developed.html
Nov 10, 2017 | The Star
The province is considering investing in cutting edge hydrogen-powered trains for the GO Transit network, touting the benefits of what it says could be the next generation of clean trains.Rail vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells would be emissions-free, quiet, and potentially superior to traditional electric trains.https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/transportation/2017/11/10/ontario-on-track-for-next-generation-of-clean-trains.html
Nov 9, 2017 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY: 'Fuel cell technology has a good chance to prevail in Germany in the next 10 to 15 years, with diesel vehicles being more and more forced out of the market', said Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG when it signed a 30-year contract with Alstom and gas supplier Linde Group for the delivery, maintenance and fuelling of 14 Coradia iLint hydrogen-fuelled multiple-units.'The use of hydrogen for rail vehicles is a milestone in the application of fuel cells for emission-free transport', said Linde board member Bernd Eulitz at the ceremony in Wolfsburg on November 9.http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/single-view/view/hydrogen-could-replace-diesel-in-15-years-says-lnvg-as-fuel-cell-train-contract-signed.html
Oct 27, 2017 | Urban Toronto
Metrolinx is continuing to examine the potential of using hydrogen fuel cells to power GO and UP Express trains, its board of directors learned this week.Mark Ciavarro, the regional transit agency's vice-president for regional express rail implementation told the board that Metrolinx is proceeding with a feasibility study of how it could configure the hydrogen fuel-cell rail technology—or "hydrail", for short—to deliver the service levels it proposes for its regional express rail (RER) program.http://urbantoronto.ca/news/2017/10/metrolinx-continues-hydrogen-fuel-cell-study-power-trains
Oct 24, 2017 | Global Rail News
The global rail industry's major players are competing to establish an affordable and green alternative to diesel.Electric traction has been rolled out extensively but electrification can be very expensive – as the UK has learned – and a large part of Europe's network remains unelectrified.https://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/10/24/in-depth-what-you-need-to-know-about-alstoms-hydrogen-powered-coradia-ilint/
Oct 23, 2017 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has announced an order for Alstom to supply 14 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units, with options for 33 more.The initial batch of units is to be deployed on Weser-Elbe services between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/traction-rolling-stock/single-view/view/hydrogen-fuel-cell-multiple-units-ordered.html