Hydrail in the News

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/
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