The Hydrogen Accelerator, a new initiative led by the University of St Andrews and supported by the University of Strathclyde, is seeking businesses to get involved in its inaugural project – to create the UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled train.

The project will showcase Scotland’s capability of modifying an existing train to hydrogen-powered technologies, which will be tested in September 2021, ahead of the prestigious COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) where it will be showcased. Thereafter, it will run on the heritage Bo'ness & Kinneil railway.  

Working closely with other leading institutions, the Hydrogen Accelerator will provide the supply chain and education institutions with the opportunity to develop their skills and advance their knowledge of the application of hydrogen fuel cell technology on passenger rolling stock, including hydrogen supply and refuelling infrastructure.

As the initiative gains traction, the Hydrogen Accelerator is recruiting for three engineers, two of whom will be based at Eden Campus Energy Centre. The Eden Campus is central to the University of St Andrews’ strategic drive to become the UK’s first energy carbon neutral university.

Professor John Irvine of the University of St Andrews, told fbm Update:

“We will utilise and share the considerable knowledge and expertise that we have here at the University of St Andrews, in partnership with other institutions and businesses, to deliver the UK’s first hydrogen-fuelled train. This will be achieved over the next twelve months, in addition to other key projects, as we support the Scottish Government’s ambitious net-zero target of 2045.”

Applications for this £2.7 million contract can be accessed via Public Contracts Scotland.

Picture caption: The type of train being converted by The Hydrogen Accelerator

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