Hydrail in the News
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.
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."