UK to test hydrogen powered trainsets by 2020

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Alstom debuted this hydrogen-powered, zero-emission train, along with details about its operation, at Berlin's InnoTrans in 2016. Officials in the United Kingdom say they'll begin testing similar locomotives in 2019.
TRAINS: David Lassen
LONDON — The United Kingdom's Rail Safety and Standards Board says hydrogen-powered trains in the U.K. are possible by 2020.

The standards board's chief, Mark Phillips made the comment in response to a speech from U.K. Rail Minister Jo Johnson who has laid down a goal of eliminating diesel-powered train service by the year 2040.

“In 2015, we co-funded a £7 million pilot of a battery-powered train with industry partners, and we are working with Alstom to pilot a hydrogen powered train in late 2019 or early 2020," Phillips says. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government to realize the vision of a cleaner, more efficient and more sustainable railway.”

In 2016, Alstom unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version of its popular diesel multiple-unit Coradia iLint. Several states in Germany have placed orders for the hydrogen MUs and are expected in service by as early as the end of this year.

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