Europe is again looking at options to replace its diesel-powered train fleet against the backdrop of climate change and the need for fast and consistent decarbonisation of the entire energy and transport system.
Further building on previous studies in this field, the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and Shift2Rail have today launched a joint study investigating the use of fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies in different rail applications.
Hydrogen-powered trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves water as the only emissions.
The study says FCH technology provides a flexible, zero emission and potentially cost-competitive solution to replace diesel trains, and by 2030 one in five new trains in Europe could be powered by hydrogen.
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