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HydroShunter: Diesel locomotive set to be converted to hydrogen power
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HydroShunter: Diesel locomotive set to be converted to hydrogen power

The UK is set for what could be its first ever conversion of a diesel locomotive to run on hydrogen power which will then be put into operation by the Severn Valley Railway.

Severn Valley Railway today (April 23rd) said it has teamed up with the University of Birmingham and Vanguard Sustainable Transport Solutions to work on this groundbreaking scheme, dubbed HydroShunter, in Kidderminster, UK.

The Class 08 shunter no 08635 train will have a hydrogen battery hybrid traction system implemented into it which is made up of hydrogen cylinders, a hydrogen fuel cell stack and a hybrid battery.

The cylinders will store hydrogen as a pressurised gas, which will be fed to the fuel cell stack via a regulator.

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