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HydroFlex unveiled

Photo: Hydrogen demonstrator: the HydroFlex unit at Long Marston.

 

HydroFlex, the UK’s first full-size hydrogen-powered train, has been unveiled by Porterbrook and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE). The prototype unit, numbered 799001, has one of the two intermediate vehicles has been given over to batteries, a hydrogen fuel cell and hydrogen tanks.

Concurrent with the unveiling, BCRRE has received a share of funding through the Department for Transport’s £7.8 million First of a Kind (FOAK) competition towards the start of main line testing. It is hoped this will be possible within the next nine months, with the aim being to generate interest from potential customers.

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