Loop energy

Loop, H2M begin hydrogen electric retrofit

The so-called clean roomLoop Energy

Canadian fuel specialists Loop Energy and Hydrogen In Motion (H2M) have begun work to retrofit a diesel electric switcher locomotive to run on hydrogen-electric power, marking the first installation of Loop technology in a rail transport application.

The ambitious project involves fitting of Loop Energy’s 50kw eFlow fuel cell system as well as a low-pressure solid-state hydrogen storage tank, developed by H2M.

“This is an exciting phase for the hydrogen fuel cell industry as this proves that it is technically and economically feasible to convert diesel-powered switcher locomotives to hydrogen fuel cell-based power systems,” Grace Quan, CEO of H2M, commented.

Loop Energy’s patented eFlow fuel cell architecture is based around signature trapezoid plates, that ensure uniform current and power density, increasing gas velocity and delivering superior durability, power and efficiency as well as improved water management. “As a Vancouver-based company, we’re passionate about joining forces with like-minded organisations on practical, sustainable mobility solutions in support of a clean energy future for the Canadian economy,” George Rubin, Chief Commercial Officer of Loop Energy, said. “This is a monumental step in making zero-emissions rail transport a reality, through a safe and compact on-board hydrogen storage solution.”

The partners are working closely with University of British Columbia Okanagan School of Engineering (UBCO), Southern Railway of BC (SRY), and the Simon Fraser University Fuel Cell Research Laboratory (FCReL). As part of this project, UBCO will conduct computational modelling of H2M tanks, while SRY aims to use the findings to upgrade its own rail operations to achieve carbon neutrality.

Rail Infra Forum

The developments in sustainable rolling stock and the associated infrastructure such as recharging and refuelling are the central theme of the Rail Infra Forum on March 15-16 in Berlin. From alternative fuels and batteries in passenger rail to on-track machines, and from recharging batteries under catenary to hydrogen refuelling. The programme and speakers can be found on the event website.

Further reading:

Author: Malcolm Ramsay

Add your comment

characters remaining.

Log in through one of the following social media partners to comment.