Hydrogen network operator H2 Green has partnered with leading passenger and freight rolling stock company Eversholt Rail in a bid to bring a whole-system approach to large-scale hydrogen supply in the UK which will enable a green fuel future for the network.
Working together, the companies will find the best way to produce hydrogen and the refuelling infrastructure needed to support the large-scale use of hydrogen-powered rolling stock across the UK.
The focus will be on creating a low-cost and reliable source of green hydrogen which will be produced via the electrolysis of water using renewable energy sources.
Eversholt Rail, who provides rolling stock for 10 train operators and 3 freight operators across the UK, has a long-standing relationship with leading rolling stock manufacturer Alstom who developed the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell trains.
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Eversholt has recognised the benefit and need for hydrogen powered trains and sees the agreement with H2 Green as an incredible opportunity to ensure that a rapid large-scale supply of hydrogen can allow for the move to hydrogen rolling stock in the future.
H2 Green is working towards securing supply by creating a large network of production centres throughout the UK.
Luke Johnson, Managing Director of H2 Green, said: “Supplying regional rail lines with clean, green hydrogen to power their fuel cell electric trains is a logical step in the decarbonisation of transport. Rail holds an iconic historical position, in the last great industrial revolution and will be central to the next: moving to a green circular economy. Working with Eversholt Rail helps us accurately design our hydrogen production hubs to service the real-world needs of the railway, ensuring we can provide commercially-viable production facilities that offer customers the high level of reliability they expect from the rail system.”
Tim Burleigh, Head of External Relations for Eversholt Rail, said: “Successful introduction of hydrogen-powered trains requires a whole-system approach. Train service sponsors and operators must be confident that the arrangements for hydrogen fuel provision are robust, cost-effective and sustainable. Our work with H2 Green will ensure our readiness for fleet deployments in the areas of the rail network where hydrogen trains are best suited to operate, whilst also creating wider transport decarbonisation opportunities.”
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