Porterbrook and the College of Birmingham’s Heart for Railway Analysis and Schooling (BCRRE) introduced that the UK’s first hydrogen prepare—HydroFLEX (earlier publish)— might be examined on the mainline railway following a profitable proof-of-concept.
The mainline testing of HydroFLEX marks an necessary step within the improvement of a zero-carbon emission propulsion system that would assist to decarbonize Britain’s railway. The HydroFLEX pilot entails the fitment of a hydrogen powerpack to an present Class 319 prepare, which might ultimately enable it to run on typical electrified routes in addition to independently. This leads to a extremely versatile prepare that may function on completely different elements of Britain’s rail community.
Many collaborators have been key to the success of HydroFLEX up to now: Chrysalis Rail for set up, Denchi Group for traction batteries, Ballard Gas Cell Techniques for the gasoline cell, Luxfer for hydrogen storage tanks, DG8 design assist, Derby Engineering Unit for panels and brackets, SNC Lavalin for design and hazard identifications, Aura for exterior livery design and DB Cargo Crewe for the recommissioning of the unit.
The HydroFLEX undertaking has just lately been awarded funding from Innovate UK via its First Of A Variety competitors to take the prototype ahead in the direction of mainline testing. The identical funding competitors has enabled for Porterbrook to pair up with Eminox to create a catalyst converter for diesel trains, extending the inexperienced credentials of the rail leasing firm.
Porterbrook Leasing Firm Restricted is a number one participant within the rail leasing market and has a rolling inventory fleet with over four,000 autos on lease or on order, which incorporates round four,200 passenger autos.
In October 2014, the Porterbrook Group of firms was acquired by a consortium of traders together with Alberta Funding Administration Company, Allianz Capital Companions on behalf of sure insurance coverage firms of the Allianz Group, EDF Make investments and a consortium of Utilities Belief of Australia, The Infrastructure Fund and Royal Financial institution of Scotland Group Pension Fund.