Fuel Cell Trains May Be Short Line to Hydrogen Future

Proponents would power freight and commuter trains with hydrogen fuel cells.

Published: 07-May-2005

Hydrogen fuel cells can help wean the country from dependence on foreign oil, and trains will be the place to start, speakers said Friday at a Charlotte conference.

While running most cars on hydrogen will take decades to be feasible, advocates believe trains could be converted more quickly.

The conference was sponsored by the N.C. Department of Commerce, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, N.C. State Energy Office, Appalachian State University, the Centralina Council of Governments, and the Greater Charlotte and Mooresville/South Iredell Chambers of Commerce.


LA couple lease Honda FCX fuel cell car in a grandiose experiment to demonstrate feasibility of the technology, except the local fire department won't let them use the hydrogen home refueling station Honda installed.

The eP-Ice Bear ice resurfacer is ideal for indoor use due to its zero-emissions powertrain that produces only water as a byproduct.

Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project will include two other field test sites in California.


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