The Centre for Advance Low Carbon Propulsion Systems (C-ALPS) technology will help support a €7m ($8.47m) hydrogen-powered mass passenger coaches project ‘CoacHyfied’ it has been revealed today (June 4).
The ‘CoacHyfied’ project, consisting of 14 higher education and engineering partners will develop a new technology that could help eliminate up to 1.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions generated by diesel-fuelled coaches in the UK.
The project will aim to present solutions for challenges in the medium range regional and long-distance public and commercial transport sector by developing and operating six fuel cell coaches at two regions in Latvia and France in two to three-year demo phases.
Two types of hydrogen-powered coaches will be investigated; one will be dedicated to OEM-based fuel cell coaches whereas the other will consist of retrofitting existing coaches in order to provide answers for a second life use of outdated coach chassis.
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C-ALPS, part of Coventry University, will be responsible for the advanced thermal management system that will look to increase fuel efficiency in novel ways, including harnessing waste heat from the hydrogen fuel cell to power air conditioning.
Dr. Oliver Curnick, Associate Professor in Electrochemical Power Sources at C-ALPS, said, “We are delighted to be part of CoacHyfied and to be able to broaden the international knowledge of hydrogen propulsion.
“It is anticipated that the findings of the project will be of benefit to coach manufacturers as well as future transport operators, who will need to find innovative solutions to support clean mass transport in the future.
“We will seek to address the widely-accepted gap in research activity into hydrogen-fuelled coaches both domestically and in Europe.
“There is also the additional aim of giving a second-life to diesel vehicles that would otherwise have been scrapped in the move to zero emissions, by converting older coaches from diesel to hydrogen.”
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