Korea Railway Research Institute (KERI) announced the development of a hydrogen-fueled train scheduled to enter service by 2022.
According to engineers, the hybrid vehicle has enough fuel to drive 600 km, and the power of the fuel cells is enough to reach a top speed of 110 km / h. The cost of the project is $ 22.3 million, of which $ 2.6 million was provided by private investors.
The construction of the hydrogen train is part of a large-scale government program to modernize existing and build new railways. Therefore, KERI is also engaged in the development of hybrid energy systems, fuel cells and energy converters, hydrogen filling stations and other technological solutions..
Scientists hope that R&D will have a positive impact not only on the environment, but also be cost effective. New trains will first replace diesel locomotives, and then electric ones. This will reduce the cost of maintaining power lines, substations and other infrastructure elements..
We also previously reported on Singapore-based HES Energy Systems, which is developing a hydrogen-fueled electric passenger aircraft..
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text: Ilya Bauer, photo: KERI