After the conversion, each converted locomotive is expected to save 370 tonnes of CO₂ emissions annually.

Stargate and Operail to collaborate on a locomotive conversion project
Picture: AS Operail

Hydrogen solutions company OÜ Stargate Rail has signed a letter of intent with the Estonian rail logistics company Operail to convert diesel-electric locomotives to zero-emission fuel cell electric locomotives, reports Railway Supply magazine citing Operail.

As part of the modernization project, lithium-ion batteries and a zero-emission powertrain consisting of fuel cells with polymer electrolyte membranes will replace diesel generators on board the locomotives.

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After the conversion, these locomotives will operate as shunting locomotives. Both companies will implement their partnership in two phases.

By the end of next year, a prototype fuel cell electric locomotive will be built. As part of the second phase of the project, the companies intend to convert another 40 locomotives.

After conversion, each converted locomotive is expected to save 370 tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year.

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