E-trains gain upper hand over hydrogen locomotives

Euractiv | Jul 28, 2020 at 2:54 PM
  • Rail operators could make big savings by choosing electric battery power over hydrogen fuel cells when replacing diesel engines, a new study has suggested, although the ever-changing price of energy means the jury is still out on the best power source.
  • The study assumes that the fuel will be the more expensive ‘green hydrogen’ – produced using renewable power rather than natural gas – and that electricity costs will be high.
  • The strategy’s focus on resource management has prompted a debate about what sectors should be prioritised for hydrogen deployment, with the likes of heavy road transport, steelmaking and other industrial processes quickly emerging as frontrunners.