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Hydrogen Motive Power

Discussion in 'Diesel & Electric Traction' started by 30854, Aug 17, 2020.

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    The diesel engine has now been removed from the shunter at the Severn Valley railway so batteries and the fuel cell can be installed.

    Also a group from the Caledonian railway has brought an ex Dartmoor Thumper DEMU ,with electric motors, with a view to also retro fit batteries and a fuel cell.
     
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    Good news, though the deal is to "find the best way to produce [...] a low-cost and reliable source of green hydrogen", and so some way off having carbon neutral production and distribution.

    Note that using green energy that would otherwise go into the grid, causing fossil fuel to be used instead in electricity supply, would only be displacement of carbon emissions.

    Patrick
     
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    There's a bit of a 'chicken and egg' thing going on here, in that, ahead of confidence in the basic tech (which is being addressed with trials), the question of supporting infrastructure is, obviously, a serious hurdle. We've seen nothing vaguely analogous to this in the past 60 years. I keep thinking back to Richard Beeching's view of the issues surrounding trying to juggle fundamentally different traction modes.

    As much as I've tried to keep up with progress, I'm painfully aware it's well nigh impossible to keep abreast of the whole shooting match (that's just within the rail sector!), as this is a seriously wide ranging topic.

    Here's the url of one of my "1st point of contact" websites, where reports crop up with alarming frequency. In all honesty, most of the output from familiar UK 'fleet street names' tends to be so hopelessly outdated as to be useless. On the 'plus side', though, industry specific outlets now seem to be coming up the curve at a rate of knots. Of the 'mainstream' news outlets, CNBC still seems to be the most on the ball:

    https://www.newsnow.co.uk/h/Hot+Topics/Hydrogen+Trains
     
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