Vivarail and Arcola collaborating on fuel cell train

Vivarail and Arcola collaborating on fuel cell train

Sharing a determination to help decarbonise the UK’s transport system, English rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail and hydrogen fuel cell specialist Arcola Energy are working together to develop a hydrogen train.

The two companies announced their long-term collaboration yesterday and said the proof of concept train is likely to begin testing at Vivarail’s main manufacturing facility in late 2019/early 2020.

It will be based on the technology already developed for Vivarail’s battery train, unit 230002.

The concept train will consist of two carriages, one housing two battery modules and one with a fuel cell and tanks, all of which will be underneath the train to take advantage of Vivarail’s unique modular power pack design.

The Class 230 trains are designed to accept different power sources, Vivarail is currently building a fleet of diesel/battery hybrids for Transport for Wales which will share an almost identical design to the hydrogen train.

The concept train will be used to demonstrate the system capability and test performance. Vivarail’s production hydrogen trains will consist of four cars, with two battery driving motor cars and two intermediate cars housing the fuel cell and tanks.

Adrian Shooter, CEO of Vivarail, said, “I’m delighted we will be working with Arcola, a company with very similar values to our own.”

“We are both energetic and fast-moving organisations and believe that zero-emission trains are possible today and will be vital in helping the UK meet its carbon reduction targets.”

“I look forward to seeing new clean, green trains on the network in the near future.”

Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola Energy, added, “We are excited to be collaborating with a fast-growing, innovative company like Vivarail that also shares our passion for making a difference on emissions and carbon reduction.”

“The proof of concept train is a great opportunity to see our technology, already proven in road transport, make the transfer to rail to help accelerate the adoption of zero-emissions and low carbon trains.”

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