Ballard Power Systems technology is set to power Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train, planned for demonstration during COP26 in November (2021).
Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland and the Hydrogen Accelerator, based at the University of St. Andrews, have appointed Arcola Energy and a consortium of industry leaders in hydrogen fuel cell integration, rail engineering and functional safety to deliver the train.
The consortium will convert a Class 314 car passenger train, made available by ScotRail, into a deployment-ready and certified platform for hydrogen-powered train development.
The Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway will provide engineering facilities and support for testing and public demonstrations.
Dr. Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy, said, “Hydrogen traction power offers a safe, reliable and zero-carbon alternative for Scotland’s rail network.”
“The hydrogen train project is an excellent opportunity for industry leaders in hydrogen, rail engineering and safety to collaborate with Scottish and other technology providers to develop a deployment ready solution.”
Ballard will deliver its FCmoveTM-HD fuel cell module to power the train.
Rob Campbell, Ballard’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “This project is an example of the growing global interest in fuel cells for the medium and heavy-duty motive market, including rail applications, where heavy payload, long range and rapid refuelling are key customer requirements.”