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China's first hydrogen-powered locomotive starts trial run

China2021-11-22

ThefirstChina-developedhydrogenfuel-cellhybridlocomotiverecentlycompleteditstrialrunonarailwaylineforcoaltransportinNorthChinasInnerMongolia

The first China-developed hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid locomotive recently completed its trial run on a railway line for coal transport in North China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

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The first China-developed hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid locomotive is in a trial run on a railway line for coal transport.  [Photo provided to Asia Pacific Daily]

The hydrogen energy locomotive project was jointly launched by the Inner Mongolia subsidiary of the State Power Investment Corporation Limited(SPIC), CRRC Datong Co Ltd and SPIC's Hydrogen Energy Co Ltd.

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The first China-developed hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid locomotive is in a trial run on a railway line for coal transport.  [Photo provided to Asia Pacific Daily]


The core components of the locomotive’s power system are developed by a company based in Xindu district, Chengdu, capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan province. A train using the locomotive can run continuously for 24.5 hours at 80 kilometers per hour, with a maximum load of 5,000 metric tons.

“The industrial environment nurtured by Xindu district has promoted the transformation of its modern rail transit industry from manufacturing to ‘smart’ manufacturing," said Qian Qingquan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and professor of Southwest Jiaotong University.

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The first China-developed hydrogen fuel-cell hybrid locomotive is in a trial run on a railway line for coal transport.  [Photo provided to Asia Pacific Daily]


The hydrogen-powered locomotive, with zero pollution during operations and only the emission of water, has broad market prospects for use in subways, tunnels and mines, Qian said.

Xindu district, a major base for Chengdu's rail transit industry, is home to more than 60 leading companies in the field of rail transit, including CRRC Chengdu Co Ltd. The district has formed an annual production capacity of 600 subway vehicles.

(亚太日报)

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