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Porter­brook pushes hy­dro­gen’s po­ten­tial

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The in­dus­try should be am­bi­tious about the de­vel­op­ment of hy­dro­gen­pow­ered trains, Porter­brook Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mary Grant told Trans­port Select Com­mit­tee MPs on Novem­ber 11.

She high­lighted the work that the rolling stock leas­ing com­pany is do­ing with its Hy­droFLEX Class 799 demon­stra­tor, which has un­der­taken trips on the main line.

“That is an elec­tric/hy­dro­gen propo­si­tion,” she said. “There are so­lu­tions that can sup­port the core elec­tri­fi­ca­tion net­works, but we must em­brace hy­dro­gen be­cause it also cre­ates a re­new­able in­dus­try that as an econ­omy has an op­por­tu­nity for us, with skills, jobs and sup­port longer term over the next 30 years.

“That is why we are do­ing that type of tech­nol­ogy and re­search and de­vel­op­ment with the Univer­sity of Birm­ing­ham now.”

She said Porter­brook was de­vel­op­ing rafts to fit un­der the ‘799’, so that it could op­er­ate longer dis­tances to sup­port more re­gional routes.

“That is a whole in­fra­struc­ture that we are cre­at­ing, learn­ing from and work­ing with. It is not just de­vel­op­ing a train where we can say: ‘Right, that can go into pas­sen­ger ser­vice’, be­cause in iso­la­tion it can­not.

“We need ca­pa­bil­ity for bring­ing green hy­dro­gen, stor­ing it. and then re­fu­elling in the whole sys­tem to make it work.”

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