HydroFLEX is the pioneering railway project developed by Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education (.. Read more BCRRE). The hydrogen powered train became the UK’s first passenger unit powered by hydrogen, some 9 months after the launch of the project. Since then, the project has gone from strength to strength, with mainline testing completed in September 2020. The team is now looking at how they can develop this technology further for passenger introduction. This talk by Stuart and Ross will cover: why hydrogen is required and the problem it solves; the technical details of the hydrogen fuel cell and how it works in the train to provide the traction power; and how the project was implemented and why Porterbrook are behind this innovation. , providing technical support to several new on-train systems fitted to fleets: Passenger Information Systems; Wheel Slip/Slide Protection; and Ethernet Backbone.
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