Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train to debut this year

A newly formed consortium, led by hydrogen fuel cell integration specialist Arcola Energy, is working to deliver Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train before the end of the year, ready for demonstration at the COP26 event.

The milestone project will see the conversion of a Class 314 car passenger train, made available by ScotRail, into a deployment-ready and certified platform for hydrogen-powered train development.

To be based on Arcola’s A-Drive technology platform, which will be extended to meet rail safety and compliance requirements, the train is thought to create new opportunities for the Scottish rail supply chain.

Working on the project alongside Arcola Energy is global engineering consultancy Arup, Abbott Risk Consulting and AEGIS Certification Service, all of which were appointed by Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland and the Hydrogen Accelerator.

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