Hydrail in the News

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?’
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