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« on: February 03, 2018, 02:15:06 PM »
IRJ --> Austria’s Zillertal Railway opts for hydrogen trains



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THE board of Austria’s Zillertal Railway has opted for hydrogen trains as an alternative to electrification of its 32km narrow-gauge line from Jenbach on the Innsbruck - Salzburg main line to the Tyrolean ski resort of Mayrhofen.

Services are currently operated by diesel locomotives and push-pull coaches and a fleet of DMUs.

The railway consumes around 800,000 litres of diesel annually, and two options have been evaluated with the aim reducing both operating costs and pollution.

In 2015 Zillertal Railway unveiled plans to electrify the 760mm-gauge line at an estimated cost of €156m including track upgrades and rolling stock. However, the installation of catenary is opposed by some municipalities along the line, which have argued electrification would be visually intrusive.

The railway has therefore decided to move forward with the alternative option, hydrogen fuel cell trains. A total of €80m will be required for new rolling stock and hydrogen fuelling and production facilities, which will use energy supplied by local hydroelectric power stations.

Zillertal Railway will now build a prototype train using the withdrawn Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) class 4090 EMUs currently stored at Zell am See.

Following tests, a tender will be launched for the series trains, which should be ready by 2022.
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 02:17:14 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 03:07:07 AM »
https://twitter.com/railwaygazette/status/963091980120199170
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 02:36:40 AM »
Is this similar in concept?

https://twitter.com/unibirmingham/status/1141696165538336768

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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2019, 05:13:05 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 04:28:23 PM »
Brisbanetimes --> Hydrogen cars to be added to government's fleet in next step to phasing out petrol


The Queensland government will add Hyundai Nexo vehicles to its fleet from 2020. CREDIT:STOCKSY

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The Queensland government will add five hydrogen-powered cars to its fleet of 10,000 cars from next year.

It is the next step in the government's plan to phase out petrol-only cars in QFleet, which provides vehicles for departments and agencies, by 2028.

The trial, one element of the government's $19 million Queensland Hydrogen Industry Strategy, will involve leasing Hyundai Nexo and Toyota Mirai vehicles.

Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are considered particularly "green", as they emit only heat and water while being driven.

However, a hydrogen car could cost somewhere between $77,000 and $90,000, and there are no refuelling stations in Queensland.

Gas company BOC is developing a $3.1 million renewable hydrogen plant at Bulwer Island near the Brisbane Airport, while the Palaszczuk government has also been working with the Queensland University of Technology to deliver a refuelling station in Brisbane.

The hydrogen refuelling station, the first in Queensland, will be available to the public.

There are also plans to build refuelling stations in Victoria and Canberra.

Hyundai future mobility senior manager Scott Nargar said the manufacturer had other customers in Brisbane who wanted to use hydrogen cars but it was still only a small number.

"We know some of our customers in the research and universities, and some of the industrial customers, are all looking forward to taking hydrogen cars into their fleets ... It'd be in the 10s and 20s to start off with and then we'll build up from there," he said.

Mr Nargar said refuelling cost about €10 ($16.40) a kilogram in Europe, or about €65 to get a range of 600 kilometres to 700 kilometres.

"So it's equivalent to petrol and that becomes cheaper when more stations come on - the more competition, the cheaper the fuel becomes," he said.

"The Nexo is a fully compliant car ready to sell in Australia; we just need the (refuelling) stations to be able to deploy the vehicles - this is one of the first stations in the country."

State Development Minister Cameron Dick said QFleet would work out the "best place" for the vehicles, not commenting on whether they would be added to the ministerial fleet.

"But what we want to do is demonstrate to the Queensland community that these vehicles will be on the road like any other vehicle," he said.

"They'll be seamlessly introduced into the QFleet range of vehicles and people can also understand that hydrogen can be used safely."

The ministerial fleet currently includes Toyota Camry Hybrids, including in the offices of Health Minister Steven Miles and Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch, while Transport Minister Mark Bailey's office has a Chrysler 300C.

In December, the Queensland government announced it had added a Hyundai IONIQ EV to its fleet.

At the time, Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the car was the first of what would eventually be an entirely electric fleet of cars for Queensland government employees.

"We're on track to have at least 288 electric vehicles by 2022 - this puts us on track to become carbon neutral by 2050," he said.

"The Palaszczuk government will have completely phased out petrol vehicles by 2028."

QFleet has several hybrid electric vehicles, including a Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in.

Motor Trades Association of Queensland group chief executive Brett Dale said hydrogen cars could be refuelled in the same time it took to fill up a petrol car.

"The energy produced by hydrogen drives the electric motor," he said.

"This is an advantage over the time taken for an electric vehicle to charge."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she trialled a hydrogen vehicle during a trip to Berlin, where she said there were many refuelling stations.

"I know that for this industry to take off, especially in relation to the vehicle industry, we need to have more hydrogen refuelling stations around the [Brisbane] city," she said.

"That's the key, that would be the next stage."

Ms Palaszczuk also announced the appointment of a strategic hydrogen adviser, QUT's Professor Ian Mackinnon, at the government's hydrogen forum at 1 William Street on Tuesday morning that was attended by more than 100 industry representatives.
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