A hybrid hydrogen fuel‐cell power pack

A hybrid hydrogen fuel‐cell power pack

University of Birmingham


The proposed solution replaces the diesel engine in a train with a hybrid fuel-cell power pack, as used on various fleets of fuel- cell powered buses operating in the UK. 

Fuel-cells create zero emissions at their point of use, are virtually silent in operation, and significantly cut maintenance and fuel costs. The hydrogen that powers a fuel-cell can be generated from any electrical supply (including nuclear and renewables), or from natural gas. Both reduce pollution and carbon emissions compared with diesel power.

This feasibility study was delivered in 2016.