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Visit the Centre of Excellence in Rail Decarbonisation for full details.
We have a long history of researching the application of fuel cells and hydrogen in railway design. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is an effective alternative to diesel engines; potentially entirely carbon neutral in operation, they are more environmentally friendly while offering similar performance
The HydroFLEX project is a ground-breaking partnership between the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and railway rolling stock company, Porterbrook. A UK first, it demonstrates how hydrogen could be deployed across the rail network to offer a cleaner alternative to current diesel trains.
The successful completion of mainline testing took place in September 2020, whereby HydroFLEX journeyed on the UK mainline for the first time from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre to Evesham and back accompanying Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, marking major step towards decarbonising Britain's railways and showcasing Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology and its application.