China’s first hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive is put into trial operation
China’s first hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive is put into trial operation. The experiment involved a railway line for transporting coal in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China.
A 627 km long line connects the Baiyinhua coal mine in inner Mongolia with the Jinzhou port in Liaoning province in northeastern China.
Compared to traditional diesel locomotives, the new hybrid locomotive will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 96,000 tonnes per year. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Xinhua.
It is specified that the design speed is 80 km/h. When fully loaded, a hydrogen locomotive can operate continuously for 24.5 hours, and its maximum traction load on straight sections of the track will exceed 5 thousand tons.
The new locomotive has broad market prospects for use in large factories and mines, as well as in ports. As previously reported, a Polish hydrogen locomotive was presented at the TRAKO exhibition.
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