Sustainable Cities and Communities

Scotland to Launch First Hydro-Train

Scotland Hydro Train

The Scottish Government hope to deliver their first hydrogen-powered train in 2021.

Driven by Arcola Energy, they have appointed the Hydrogen Accelerator, Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland to deliver the hydro-train drawing on advice from engineering experts from across the globe.  The train will also be certified for safety, and it is hoped that the project will serve as a ‘production-ready’ blueprint for similar trains to be rolled out for a zero-carbon alternative transport network.

Scotland have committed to a net-zero goal for their passenger railways by 2035 – a full 5 years sooner than the rest of the UK – so the new hydro-train network would play a leading role towards achieving this target.  It is expected that development of the train, using specialist hydrogen fuel cell technology, will take as little as 10 months and will be running by November 2021.

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Posted by Claire Edwards 4 February 2021

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