Fuel Cells Could Free Subways from Grid

Denver-based Fuelcell Propulsion Institute plans to convert a 120-ton diesel locomotive into fuel cell-driven train

Published: 28-Aug-2003

YORK (Reuters) - The hundreds of thousands of subway passengers trapped for hours on the New York City subways during the largest North American blackout earlier this month take note: one day subways could run independent of the electricity grid.

The Denver-based Fuelcell Propulsion Institute plans to convert a 120-ton diesel locomotive into a fuel cell-driven train, a project that could one day make fuel cells a reality for subways.

"Subway systems running on the grid is obviously a precarious proposition," said Arnold Miller, spokesman for the five-year project. "Fuel cell subways would not be dependent on the grid."

During the largest North American blackout earlier this month, some 350,000 people were trapped for up to three hours in the New York City subway system.

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