The future of Hydrogen
Rail operators in England have been given a target to replace diesel trains with ones using cleaner fuel technologies by 2040. We are working with several manufacturers and leasing companies to develop new trains and also to convert mid-life and redundant rail stock to hydrogen-powered locomotives.
The first hydrogen train - The UK’s first hydrogen-powered train was unveiled in June 2019. The HydroFLEX project comprises a former Thameslink electric train retrofitted to run using a hydrogen fuel system. Luxfer’s alternative fuel experts worked in close collaboration with Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research, which won the Department for Transport funding to support the concept. The four-cylinder hydrogen solution was developed and assembled at our alternative fuel facility in the UK and in September 2020 the train, with a range of 600 miles, hit the mainline for the first time.
How Luxfer can help
One of the challenges hydrogen fuel faces is being able to store it safely. The structure of our G-Stor H2 cylinders is such that it is impermeable which offers the best safety option for hydrogen gas which may be stored in special compartments within or under the carriage.
At Luxfer, we take pride in giving each of our customers the ability to help reduce pollutants by facilitating innovative new fuel technologies.
We believe that hydrogen fuel cells are the best green alternative to petrol and diesel for trains, giving the equivalent power and performance while dramatically cutting emissions. We offer a wide range of cylinder sizes and are now looking at working with vehicle manufacturers across Europe to develop, design and manufacture bespoke fuel cylinder systems.
In addition, we can provide Bulk Gas Transport modules to provide large quantities of hydrogen to keep refuelling stations supplied.