All aboard the hydrogen express


Scottish ambitions to unveil a ready-to-market hydrogen train in time for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow have received a major boost.

Rolling stock asset manager Angel Trains boarded the project, committing its expertise and an investment of over £ 500,000 in green hydrogen refueling infrastructure.

Angel Trains has already offered technical advice, parts and equipment.

This is now extended to also include technical, commercial and sustainability expertise for the net zero carbon train project, which also involves cell integration specialist Arcola Energy and rail industry consortium partners. .

The new Scottish hydrogen train will bring cutting-edge technologies to life. “

Matthew Labuda, Angel Trains

Public bodies supporting the initiative include Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise (SE) and the University of St Andrews.

Angel Trains Managing Director Malcolm Brown said: “We are proud to partner with Arcola Energy and its consortium partners to offer our technical support and expertise.

“The project will enable cleaner and greener journeys, bringing us closer to the government’s net zero target.

“We are delighted to expand our involvement in this innovative new venture and look forward to working with our industry partners, universities and the Scottish Government to accelerate the decarbonization of the rail industry.”

Angel Trains aims to provide “industry insights on traction options” for new and converted rolling stock.

‘Exciting opportunity’

Matthew Labuda, London-based Angel Trains North Customer Service Manager said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to work with our industry partners and support Scottish innovation.

“As the world focuses on COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland’s new hydrogen train will bring cutting-edge technologies to life, while improving the passenger experience and advancing the government’s green agenda.

Ben Todd, CEO of Arcola, said: “We have enjoyed working with Angel Trains on the project and are delighted that they have chosen to deepen their collaboration.

“As a leading rolling stock asset manager, Angel’s involvement will support the project’s ambition to be the first zero-emission train offering a holistic and sustainable perspective from well to wheel.

© Abermedia / Aberdeen City Council
One of the new hydrogen buses in Aberdeen.

John Irvine, professor of chemistry at the University of St Andrews, said: “The Scottish Hydrogen Zero Emission Train project is a great example of the collaboration we want to foster.

“In order to scale up the deployment of zero carbon and zero emission technologies, it is imperative that business organizations that make decisions about long-term assets are informed and motivated to make the right decisions for the future.

“It is both encouraging and very welcome to see Angel Trains actively engage in this area.”

Professor Irvine is the chairman of the Hydrogen Accelerator in Scotland, which has brought together government agencies, businesses, research organizations and higher and higher education institutions to coordinate the design and delivery of projects for hydrogen north of the border.

135 jobs in Dundee

Earlier this year, London-based Arcola announced plans to open an engineering and manufacturing plant in Dundee after securing a £ 1.5million grant from SE.

The move is expected to create up to 135 jobs at the city’s former Michelin site over a three-year period.

A first phase of Dundee’s development is expected to attract around 20 employees to support the train project and product development for hydrogen vehicles, with the remainder being recruited over the next three years, as Arcola expands production at the site .

Arcola also has a railway engineering facility at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway and is planning a service center in Glasgow.

The new train will further strengthen Scotland’s green energy benchmarks, following the unveiling of the world’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus in Aberdeen last October.

Costing £ 500,000 each, a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses in the town of Granite is funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government and the European Union.

City council also approved plans for a hydrogen hub, being developed with organizations such as SE and Opportunity North East, which will use nearby offshore wind resources to revive the nascent hydrogen industry. .

In addition, Aberdeen is to be the basis of an ambitious project, called Dolphyn, to create the first offshore floating facility “in the world” to produce green hydrogen – produced using renewable energy to convert gas. water by electrolysis.

Launch of plans for a “ world leader ” green hydrogen hub on the Cromarty Firth

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