Hydrogen fuel cell trains herald new steam age

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

The Times reports:

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Britain’s railways are to enter a new steam age with up to 100 ageing commuter trains poised to be converted to run on eco-friendly hydrogen. They could be on the network within three years and will be almost silent, with the same range and speed as traditional diesel and electric trains.

Their only emissions will be water, with some released as small puffs of steam above the train. The conversion programme — drawn up by Alstom, the French train maker — would make Britain a world leader in hydrogen train technology. Jo Johnson, the rail minister, called in February for all Britain’s 3900 diesel trains to be scrapped by 2040.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hydrogen-fuel-cell-trains-herald-new-steam-age-mdf78f2dk

There is no mention of where the hydrogen itself will come from, but the choice is between the steam reforming process, which uses fossil fuels and produces emissions of CO2 anyway, and electrolysis…

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