Alstom’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train Wins 2018 GreenTec Mobility Award

| France: Saint-Ouen

Alstom Coradia iLint H2 Train wins awardAlstom’s Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered regional train, has won the GreenTec Award 2018 in the category Mobility by Schaeffler. Alstom was officially presented with the award at its largest production site, located in Salzgitter, Germany, during an advance award ceremony ahead of the GreenTec Awards gala to be held in Munich on May 13th. Read more »

Update from Indian Railways re CNG Conversions

| India, Delhi
IROAF CNG DEMU

IROAF CNG-converted DEMU

During question time in India’s Rajya Sabha (Council of States), it was made clear by the Ministry of Railways that progress is being made to reduce use of diesel fuel and increase energy/fuel efficiency in its operation system. Representatives were updated on conversions of Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) to natural gas. Read more »

Peaker Services Acquires HHP Natural Gas Conversion Company ECI

| USA: Brighton MI

Peaker Services - ECIU.S. engineering company Peaker Services, Inc. (PSI), based in Brighton, Michigan, has completed the acquisition of Energy Conversions, Inc. (ECI) of Tacoma, WA. For over 30 years, ECI has been continually focused on the development and application of natural gas conversion kits for high horsepower (HHP) diesel engine applications. Read more »

Hydrogen-Powered Train Technology Feasible says Ontario Study

| Canada, Toronto ON

GO Transit Network OntarioThe Canadian province of Ontario is taking the next steps in exploring the potential of hydrail as an alternative to conventional electric trains, as Ontario transforms the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent service for commuters and families. Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, has released the province’s Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study. Read more »

India’s Natural Gas Fuelled Transport Sector Poised for Growth in 2018

| India, Delhi

Mahanagar Gas CNG StationContinuing the theme of the ‘Gas4India’ campaign launched in 2016 by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, which aimed to move India towards a gas-based economy, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a 2017 Year End Review that reiterates its intentions for natural gas fuel. Read more »

Russian Railways to Build New LNG Fuelled Locomotives

| Russia, Sochi

Main-line gas turbine locomotive Russian RailwaysIn accordance with the Implementation Program, signed under the Agreement of Cooperation in the NGV sector at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, Russian Railways plans to increase the fleet of mainline gas turbine locomotives and gas turbine shunters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 3 to 22 units by 2023. The locomotives will operate on the Sverdlovsk Railway. Read more »

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Recognised in Europe 1 Mobility Awards

| France, Saint-Ouen

Alstom Coradia iLint H2 Train test in GermanyAlstom, a French engineering company focused on sustainable mobility, has been awarded the Mobility Trophy for Coradia iLint, its hydrogen train, in the context of the French leading radio Europe 1 Trophies of the Future. It is the world’s first low-floor passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. Read more »

Renfe Commences LNG Passenger Train Trials in Spain

| Spain, Madrid

Renfe Prototype LNG passenger trainThe first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas are underway in Spain. The tests, conducted on the line between Mieres and Figaredo, will analyze the potential environmental and economic advantages that natural gas can provide in rail transport using non-electrified lines. in atendance for the launch were Spain’s Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal. Read more »

Florida Railway Shows Off LNG Operations

| USA, Jacksonville FA

Florida East Coast Railway - FEC 300 LNG tender“We are proud to be the first North American Railroad to operate its entire mainline fleet on LNG”, said Fran Chinnici, Chief Operating Officer.

Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway provided an exclusive tour of its LNG (liquid natural gas) operations at its Jacksonville facility this week. Tour participants came from a wide range of industries, including marine, rail, mining, E&P, power gen operations. Read more »

Report: Major Benefits from Natural Gas in Marine and HHP Applications

| USA, Santa Monica CA
Clean Energy Fuels - Boron LNG Plant 600 - fuel for HHP Applications

Clean Energy Fuels’ LNG facility at Boron, CA

California-based clean transportation and energy consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) completed a report for the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission (CEC), under oversight by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in March this year. The report — The Feasibility, Issues, and Benefits Associated with Expanded Use of Natural Gas at Seaports and Other High Horsepower (HHP) Applications — has now been released by CEC. Read more »