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Luxfer has partnered with a number of successful conversion projects including the UK’s first hydrogen train, HydroFLEX. Our alternative fuel experts worked in close collaboration with Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research, which won Department for Transport funding to support the HydroFLEX concept.
The former Thameslink electric train was retrofitted with a four-cylinder hydrogen solution that was developed and assembled at our Nottingham facility, and in September 2020, the train hit the mainline for the first time. It also had a starring role at last autumn’s COP26 in which it took its very first passenger journey at the Climate Change Summit, with special guests using the ‘on-board boardroom’.
It’s fantastic and exciting to work with such a range of companies who are thinking differently about the capability of hydrogen technology.
Naturally, retrofitting means you have the constraints of an existing framework that you need to adapt to. Replacing systems that were based on a liquid fuel with ones that need to work on gaseous fuel has its inherent challenges. While liquid can be stored in any shape, the optimal shape for high pressure gas storage is still cylindrical.
The thrill of the work is that every conversion project is different and what we offer is a bespoke design and manufacture service, featuring our G-Stor™ H2 cylinders.
Projects are being turned around in as little as six months and 2022 will be the year when people begin to see hydrogen vehicles in service on UK roads – most likely beginning in Scotland with refuse trucks and utility vehicles.
The beauty of Luxfer’s role in leading the charge for conversions is that we can help our partners, thanks to cross fertilization of ideas. A rail company may never collaborate with a shipbuilder, but our engineers have delivered retrofits for both and, those connections and cross pollination can spark interesting and practical concepts.
We also support with regulation, derived from our decades of expertise in high pressure gas containment. For example, where directives may not exist, we can explore what applies in parallel markets and consider transferable norms that will deliver against safety requirements.
Our customers reap the benefits of working with a company that has tried and tested experience and understands every component needed to make the optimum recommendations specific to their project. We are supporting SMEs with the hunger to drive this market, and we can help them realise their ambitions.
What Luxfer brings to the table is advice and resource from across the transport sector which companies who are on the conversion curve might otherwise be unable to access.
And an important byproduct is that we benefit too. Rolling our sleeves up to advance the market for conversions drives innovation within our own business, helping to shaping our own technological developments.
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Author - Jim Gregory, Business Development Manager for Alternative Fuels, Luxfer Gas Cylinders
Publisher - H2 View