Scotland's first hydrogen-powered train showcased at COP26 summit

Scotland’s first hydrogen-­powered train is to be showcased at the postponed COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow next year

Saturday, 12th September 2020, 7:30 am
Updated Saturday, 12th September 2020, 6:44 pm
A redundant Class 314 ScotRail electric train will be converted to hydrogen power. Picture: Thomas Pye
A redundant Class 314 ScotRail electric train will be converted to hydrogen power. Picture: Thomas Pye

The zero emission train project will demonstrate how the country’s railways could be decarbonised by phasing out diesel within 15 years.

The University of St Andrews is seeking a design partner for the next stage of the Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland scheme.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

It will involve the conversion of one of a fleet of electric ScotRail trains which were phased out last year.

The contract, also involving the University of Strathclyde, will include system design, installation and demonstration of the train on a line away from the rail network.

It follows the concept design for conversion of the Class 314 train by Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock and London-based Arcola Energy.

A Scottish Enterprise spokesperson said: “It is planned to make demonstration of the train a centrepiece of the global COP26 conference being hosted in Glasgow next year.”

Read More

Read More
ScotRail launches new Linlithgow and Montrose shuttles during line closures

However, cheaper hydrogen production may be required to make it a viable fuel since the gas remains far more expensive than diesel.

Scottish Enterprise managing director of economic development Linda Hanna said: “This is a hugely exciting project for the rail industry in Scotland and for our small and medium-sized enterprises.

“A key objective of the project is to provide the rail supply chain with the opportunity to develop their skills and advance their knowledge of the application of hydrogen fuel cell technology on passenger rolling stock, including hydrogen supply and refuelling infrastructure.

“So it’s an opportunity to demonstrate innovation and get involved with an industry of the future.

"In turn, this creates quality jobs and supports our national ambitions for a net zero carbon economy.”

Professor John Irvine, who specialises in energy materials at the University of St Andrews, said: “This is another key step forward for ­Scotland as we advance towards a hydrogen-enabled low-carbon economy.

“Hydrogen will be very important in our low-carbon future, especially in delivering clean transport options.

“This is also key for supporting the development of the Scottish supply chain and with the Scottish companies who are breaking into these new markets.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website.

While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers - and consequently the revenue we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to scotsman.com and enjoy unlimited access to Scottish news and information online and on our app.

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Joy Yates

Editorial Director

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.