Hydrogen fuel cells could revolutionize railway systems

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - Railway

New study showcases the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power trains Fuel Cell Systems has successfully showcased the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells being used to power trains in the United Kingdom. The feasibility study was conducted with aid from the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe. Through the six-month study, Fuel Cell Systems found that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to increase the efficiency and operational lifespan of trains. Moreover, fuel cells could improve the overall quality of life within…

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University of Birmingham accepts delivery of new fuel cell vehicle from Hyundai

University accounts for one of the first deliveries of fuel cell vehicles in the UK The University of Birmingham has accepted one of the first deliveries of fuel cell vehicles in the United Kingdom. These vehicles come from Hyundai, which released its ix35 fuel cell vehicle some time ago. Hyundai has established a strong foothold in the clean transportation space, making efforts to aggressively promote the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells and how these energy systems can be used in transportation to make vehicles more environmentally friendly. New fuel cell…

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Hydrogen locomotive developed in the UK

University of Birmingham Hydrogen Train

Students and faculty develop the UK’s first hydrogen locomotive A team of students and faculty from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom have created a hydrogen-powered locomotive for an upcoming competition. The project is being hailed as the first of its kind in the country, and has successfully transported passengers over a short distance. Though the train may not be luxurious, it is efficient and surprisingly powerful. The team has high hopes for its hydrogen-powered locomotive, believing that it will serve as an example for the efficiency and…

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Researchers create rare-earth materials to make fuel cells more affordable

Renewable Energy Costs to Drop

Fuel cell researchers team up to find cost cutting production means. Hydrogen fuel cells receive a great deal of criticism for how expensive they are to manufacture. The price of fuel cells is often cited as one of the primary reasons hydrogen fuel has not yet been met with widespread commercial acceptance. One of the reasons fuel cells are so expensive is because they are constructed using rare-earth materials, such as platinum. Using these materials has been the subject of much debate in the worlds of technology and alternative energy.…

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Researchers from the University of Birmingham show that hydrogen fuel can be quite useful in shipping

Hydrogen Powered Canal Boat

Engineers from the United Kingdom’s University of Birmingham have built a canal boat that runs on hydrogen fuel cells. The boat is part of a project that is meant to show the viability of hydrogen fuel in maritime operations. Hydrogen is often considered one of the most efficient and powerful variants of alternative energy, a claim that is supported by the fabled performance of fuel cells. For shipping, hydrogen presents a particular benefit in that bigger, stronger fuel cells can be used as most ships are not burdened by the…

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Hydrail conference to bring together engineers to develop and deploy fuel cell technology for railways

University's own Railway Station - Only Campus in Britain to have their own train

The UK’s University of Birmingham is set o host the upcoming International Hydrail Conference, which is scheduled for the summer of 2012. The conference revolves around the development and deployment of hydrogen-powered trains. Engineers from around the world flock to attend the conference, where they can catch the latest developments surrounding the hydrogen fuel industry and discover new ways fuel cell technology can be put to use in the world’s transit system. The University of Birmingham is one of the very few to offer Ph.D. degrees in hydrogen railway technology.…

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