2016 Conference | 4-5 July 2016 | Birmingham, UK

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The University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education will host the Eleventh International Hydrail Conference in Birmingham, UK on 4-5 July 2016 and conferees are encouraged to attend the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Railway Challenge competition on Sunday 3 July 2016.

Additional information on locations, lodging, registration, and the conference program are soon to follow!


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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.
The Seventh International Hydrail Conference (7IHC) will be held on 3 - 4 July 2012 at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. Our hosts will be the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education whose mission is "providing fundamental scientific research, knowledge transfer and education to the international railway community." Additional details available at www.hydrail.org. Conference Information Online Registration
A small-town environmental transit project has reached around the world. History of the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative.
21 June 2011 | Feature Article | www.railway-technology.com The hydrail concept promises cleaner rail travel in the future thanks to a new breed of hydrogen-powered train. With Japan, the US, China and the EU all having announced research into this relatively new technology, Rowan Watt-Pringle examines the potential for a lean, green new transport sector.
BBC Features The Great Train Race BBC Video | Fuel cell-powered model train wins 10-mile race... Fuel Cell Today 21-June-2011 Hydrogen Fuel Cell-powered Switch Locomotive CNN Report on YouTube | Pentagon Channel News via YouTube | News features on the world's first hydrogen and fuel cell-powered switch locomotive, developed by Vehicle Projects LLC of Colorado.  
Nov. 29, 2010 - China has successfully launched its first new energy fuel cell light-rail train. According to the People's Daily Online, the locomotive was jointly developed by the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and theSouthwest Jiaotong University. In addition to using hydrogen fuel to provide power using a fuel cell, the hydrail locomotive also uses an advanced permanent-magnet synchronous motor.  

Hydrail in the News

Aug 5, 2015 | Mass Transit
TIG/m, LLC Delivers Third Hydrogen/Hybrid Streetcar to Aruba in Island’s Transition to 100% SustainabilityTIG/m's self-powered pollution-free streetcars are helping Aruba pave the way to 100% renewable energy by 2020 Los Angeles, July 20, 2015 - TIG/m, LLC, manufacturers of the world’s greenest streetcars for inner-city public transportation, is delivering its third hydrogen/hybrid, pollution-free, heritage-style streetcar to Oranjestad, the capital of the Dutch island nation of Aruba.
Jun 1, 2015 | Hydrogenics Press Release
Gladbeck, Germany – May 27, 2015 – Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS; TSX: HYG) ("Hydrogenics" or "the Company"), a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, today announced that it has signed a 10 year exclusive agreement to supply Alstom Transport with hydrogen fuel cell systems for Regional Commuter Trains in Europe
Apr 9, 2015 | Press Release, Ballard Power Systems
Vancouver, Canada and Qingdao, China – Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP; TSX: BLD) today announced that the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered fixed rail electric tram was successfully demonstrated at a ceremonial event held in March at the head office, production and testing facility of CSR Qingdao Sifang Company (CSR Sifang), a Chinese rolling stock manufacturer based in Qingdao, Shandong province. “This is an exciting demonstration of our world leading fuel cell power modules in a new application,” said Randy MacEwen, Ballard’s President and CEO. “Clean urban transportation...Other Coverage:China's Hydrogen-Powered Future Starts in Trams, Not Cars, BloombergChina has created the world's first hydrogen fuel cell streetcar, Business InsiderSmog-beater: First hydrogen powered tram developed in China, RT News
Oct 1, 2014 | Railway Gazette
GERMANY - Alstom Transport hopes to have 40 fuel cell-powered trains in commercial service on regional lines in Germany by 2020 under an accord signed at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin on September 24. Under the letters of intent signed between Alstom, the Länder of Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen and Baden-Württemberg and the transport authority of Hesse, two prototype trains are to be developed by the end of 2018 for revenue service trials...continue reading at Railway Gazette.
Dec 6, 2013 | ReliOn Press Release
Spokane, WA – ReliOn, the leading provider of high reliability fuel cell solutions for backup power and grid-support applications, has recently launched its newly enhanced E-200 fuel cell system. This product is fueled by hydrogen and offers a number of features designed to improve customer usability, ease of maintenance, and performance.
May 28, 2013 | Railway Technology
As the railway industry considers possible replacements for carbon-intensive diesel fuel, hydrogen and LNG stand out as major contenders. But rather than competing over dominance of the locomotive fuel market, could the development of one short-term fuel system lead organically into a long-term, sustainable fuel solution?
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.