Hydrail in the News

Mar 19, 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 19, 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 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 5, 2018 | electrive.com
Siemens, Ballard Power Systems, and RWTH Aachen University will receive 12 million euros in funding through the German government. The partners are to develop efficient fuel cells for Siemens Mireo trains and want to put them in service by 2021.It is a joint development project funded by the German Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). Siemens and Canadian Ballard plan to come up with a fuel cell drive for the Siemens Mireo train platform...
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 | SRM University
Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University AP Amaravati and B Chandrasekhar, Deputy Chief Mechanical Engineer, Indian Railways' Integral Coach Factory, Chennai has signed a memorandum of understanding to develop fuel cell based train prototype.While ICF will manufacture this train, SRM will provide the energy storage systems such as fuel cells, batteries, super capacitors, DC/DC converters and control systems up to DC link...
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?’