Hydrail in the News

Mar 27, 2013 | The Alternative Energy eMagazine
ARUBA--Mr. Oslin B. Sevinger, Minister of Integration, Infrastructure and Environment of Aruba, recently accepted the delivery of the Island's second streetcar and announced the purchase of two additional self-powered, pollution free streetcars from TIG/m Modern Street Railways (http://www.tig-m.com), manufacturers of the world's greenest streetcars for inner-city public transportation.The fuel cells will be fueled with sustainable hydrogen produced by electrolysis powered mostly from the island nation's massive wind resource. While the streetcars are hybrid-electric and primarily battery powered, the addition of the fuel cell will enable the streetcars to operate for a full day without service interruptions for recharging. The streetcars are state-of-the-art self-electrified urban transport vehicles that travel on rails but require no overhead catenary infrastructure. (http://www.hydrogencarsnow.com/blog2/index.php/infrastructure/aruba-to-d...)
On September 17, 2012, the UK's first hydrail locomotive, Hydrogen Pioneer, was featured at the Hannover, Germany, stop of the H2Moves Scandinavia European Road Tour. Hydrogen Pioneer was built by the University of Birmingham's Centre for Railway Research and Education. It was the first rail vehicle to be included in the Road Tour, whose main focus is hydrogen cars. Hydrogen Pioneer's appearance in Hannover, Germany, was arranged by Dr. Holger Busche, a presenter at the Seventh International Hydrail Conference at the University of Birmingham last July. Dr. Busche is the organizer of Germany's first planned hydrail line, a commuter route from Rinteln to Stadthagen in Northern Germany.
Sep 28, 2012 | Fuel Cell Today
The Hymera portable fuel cell system has been approved for use by Network Rail in powering rail infrastructure maintenance activities across the U.K. rail network. The system was cited as having performance comparable to that petrol-fueled generators, but with the advantages of silent operation and no particulate air emissions.
May 9, 2012 | Engineering News Online
RUSTENBURG (miningweekly.com) – Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday launched the first of five fuel cell-powered locomotive prototypes to be tested at its mining operations in South Africa. The first locomotive would be surface tested over the next few months at the company's Khomanani mine, in Rustenburg, to establish the viability of commercialisation. Amplats delivered the project in collaboration with Vehicle Projects, Trident South Africa and Battery Electric.
Apr 18, 2012 | Railway Gazette International
SOUTH AFRICA: Five fuel cell locomotives are under construction as demonstrators for use underground at Anglo American Platinum Ltd's Dishaba mine.
Apr 16, 2012 | Fuel Cell Today
Canada-based fuel cell developer Hydrogenics Corporation recently announced that the Company has been awarded a development project for a rail application of the HYPM™HD 90, together with the NRC-CSTT (National Research Council – Centre for Surface Transportation Technology). According to a company press release, "Hydrogenics is pleased that our platform of heavy duty fuel cell power modules has been chosen as the primary power APU for the hybrid light rail vehicle. Testing of the vehicle will take place starting in the fall of 2012 in Kingston, Ontario which will allow for winter cold weather testing."
Nov 15, 2011 | FEVE Website
The first hydrogen streetcar is slated to begin operation in 2012 along the Ferrocarriles de Vía Estrecha (FEVE) operated narrow-gauge railway in northern Spain. The Street car H2-Series 3400 has capacity to transport to about 20 or 30 travellers at a speed of 15-20 km/h. [English Translation] Fuel Cell Today Article
Aug 30, 2011 | Mooresville Tribune
We don't know, for certain, what the future holds for running a commuter train between Mooresville and Charlotte. The economy went south...
Aug 28, 2011 | Mooresville Tribune
Mooresville business leaders hope a series of Public Radio spots will bring needed attention - and financial support - to efforts to promote hydrogen fuel cell technology.
Jan 31, 2011 | HydrogenCarsNow
One of the first visionary US manufacturers to "get" the hydrolley concept has been Proterra Inc., the Golden, Colorado, (and now Greenville, South Carolina) manufacturer of state-of-the-art, Green-tech transit vehicles.