Hydrail 2019 | 19-21 June 2019 | Hamburg, Germany

14th International Hydrail Conference  | Hamburg, Germany  |  19-21 June 2019

The 14th International Hydrail Conference was held in Hamburg, Germany on the 19-21 of June 2019. The event featured an excursion on hydrogen fuel cell-powered light rail and behind-the-scenes tour of rail facilities, presentations and round table discussions on the latest hydrail developments, and discussions with leaders in energy and transport.

For conference information, presentations, and other proceedings, please visit https://hydrail.appstate.edu/hydrail2019




Download Conference Presentations from the 13th International Hydrail Conference held in Rome, Italy on 6-8 June 2018

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/.


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Brennstoffzellenzug: Premiere mit hohen Erwartungen | 17-Sept-2018 | Norddeutscher Rundfunk

'World's first' hydrogen-powered train enters into service | 17-Sept-2018 | CNBC

'World's first' hydrogen-powered trains are now in service across Germany: Eco-friendly engines can cover 620 miles on a single tank of fuel and produce only water vapour | 17-Sept-2018 | Daily Mail

Hydrogen-powered trains begin service in Germany. | 16-Sept-2018 | NY Times

Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train | 17-Sept-2018 | The Guardian

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Bill Thunberg and I, two of the three founders of the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative (Google it), are also members of the Mooresville NC, USA, Rotary Club. Imagine our delight when we received this month’s The Rotarian Magazine with its cover page article, “CLIMATE SOLUTIONS WITHIN OUR REACH.” [more...]
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/. Presentations are available for download from https://hydrail.appstate.edu/hydrail2018
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.

Hydrail in the News

Jun 7, 2019 | Hydrogen Fuel News
Twenty-seven (27) Alstom fuel cell trains have been ordered by fahma, an RMV subsidiary. The hydrogen-powered trains that have been ordered (the largest fleet in the world) are destined for railways throughout Europe. The total order value is around €500 million ($556 million).
Jun 4, 2019 | The Japan Times
East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, has announced a plan to test new electric-powered trains using hydrogen fuel cells from fiscal 2021.The railway operator will spend about ¥4 billion on the development of a two-car setup and test runs, aiming to commercialize such fuel cell trains by fiscal 2024.
Feb 7, 2019 | Gas World
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers is calling for urgent action to introduce hydrogen trains in areas outside the electrified rail network in the UK.Investment in hydrogen trains is a vital part of the process to improve air quality but must not be seen as an easy replacement for electrification schemes, according to a new report released today (7th Feb) by the association.
Dec 11, 2018 | The Connexion
Hydrogen-powered trains will be tested on four lines in New Aquitaine, regional MP Michel Delpon has confirmed.The trains will operate on the Bordeaux-Soulac, Angoulême-Saintes-Royan, Bordeaux-Bergerac-Sarlat and Bordeaux-Périgueux-Limoges lines. The government expects the trains will be commercially operational by 2022.A total €45million earmarked for electifying the Bordeaux-Soulac line in Nouvelle Aquitaine will now be spent buying hydrogen trains, which emit only water when travelling.
Sep 16, 2018 | Daily Mail
- Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains have begun running on a 62-mile route- The locomotives were built by French firm Alstom who make the TGV bullet train- Hydrogen fuel cells create electricity by mixing hydrogen and oxygen together- A further 14 of the green transportation vehicles will go into service in 2021Germany has rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel locomotives.Hydrogen fuel cells are more co-friendly technology, creating electricity to power a battery and motor by mixing hydrogen and oxygen.
Sep 16, 2018 | The Guardian
Germany has rolled out the world's first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom...
Jul 26, 2018 | Newswire Canada
Clean growth is essential for Canada's transportation system – to meet our emission reduction targets, grow our economy, and build resilience to a changing climate. The Government of Canada is committed to protecting air quality and ensuring Canadians have healthy communities in which to live, work and raise their families...
Jul 16, 2018 | Global Railway Review
Alstom's Coradia iLint, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train, has been granted approval by the German Railway Office (EBA) for passenger service in Germany...
Jul 9, 2018 | International Railway Journal
POLISH coal mining company JSW and national rail freight operator PKP Cargo have agreed to cooperate to research, analyse and possibly produce new types of hydrogen-powered freight wagons and shunting locomotives.The two companies signed a letter of intent during the Impact'18 conference in Krakow in June covering joint innovative investment projects related to the commercial use of hydrogen fuel...
Jun 24, 2018 | Railway Gazette
UK: Proposals for the development of a 'world-leading' railway testing facility in Wales are to be set out by Welsh government Transport Secretary Ken Skates on June 25.The proposed test centre would have two electrified test ovals of 7·3 km and 3·1 km suitable for continuous running at up to 160 km/h, offering an alternative to the Siemens facility at Wildenrath in Germany and Velim in the Czech Republic. There would also be rolling stock and infrastructure storage, maintenance, servicing and decommissioning facilities.It is envisaged that the site could be used for the development of hydrogen and battery powered trains, as well as 'next generation' signalling technology....