Australia’s largest rail freight operator Aurizon is looking at green hydrogen fuel cell technology to cut emissions and replace diesel-powered engines.
Committing to the clean transformation, Aurizon on Thursday (Jan 6) said it has teamed up with the University of Queensland’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering to establish a rollout of the emerging hydrogen technology, as well as battery alternatives.
To do this, research for the move will include the examination of Australia’s 33,000km rail network to assess the energy and power requirements for specific rail corridors where Aurizon operates, identifying technology that will support the switch.
James Petty, Head of Asset Management and Strategy at Aurizon, has identified the thorough research process as an important foundation for delivering on the company’s goal.
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