HydroFLEX secures funding for hydrogen-powered train design

The UK’s first hydrogen-powered train moves closer to commercial operation after the University of Birmingham has been awarded £400,000 by the Department for Transport.

Part of InnovateUK’s First of a King (FOAK) programme, the grant will enable the HydroFLEX development team at the University of Birmingham, and industry partners Porterbrook, to develop the detailed final production design and testing of the train.

Set to undergo mainline testing on the UK railway in the next few weeks, HydroFLEX is also the world’s first bi-mode electric hydrogen train.

Winning the FOAK 2020 programme marks an important step for the University and Porterbrook as it brings hydrogen trains one step closer to operation on the UK railway.

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