The UKs first hydrogen powered train was demonstrated and carried passengers on 19 June 2019 at the Rail Live event held at Long Marston. The University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) and Porterbrook Leasing entered into a partnership to create HydroFlex in 2018 - the UK’s first hydrogen powered train. Porterbrook has provided Class 319 No. 319001 to BCRRE for conversion of the MSO into a hydrogen powered vehicle, while retaining the ability to operate from electric power. Inside the MSO large hydrogen tanks have been installed, which feed a ‘fuel cell’ where the hydrogen is mixed with oxygen to produce electric power which is then be used to power the train, through the normal control system. Produced energy from the 'fuel cell' can also be stored by large batteries. At present' the technology is mounted inside the MSO vehicle, but now the theory has been established, work will commence on reducing the size of equipment and control systems to house everything under the train on between bogie rafts. Colin J. Marsden
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