North American rail transportation could be handed a huge boost to its hydrogen prospects with Wabtec signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Genesee and Wyoming (G&W).
Through the MoU, the two groups will pursue zero-emission battery and hydrogen freight strategies in an attempt to decarbonise rail and freight transportation in North America.
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Hydrogen freight transport provides a solution to decarbonising the rail industry with it identified as a hard-to-abate sector.
To this end hydrogen fuel cells will eventually be used to provide the best solution to this rising issue.
Jack Hellmann, CEO of G&W, said, “While already the most environmentally friendly mode of surface transportation, freight railroads have a critical role to play in our nation’s decarbonisation strategy.
“Through this partnership, we plan to transform the next generation of freight rail transportation by adopting advanced technologies that can eliminate emissions and increase rail utilisation without requiring significant new rail infrastructure.
“The end result will be a cleaner environment, more competitive transportation for our nation’s industrial producers, and a freight rail system that remains the most efficient in the world.”
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