From Diesel to Zero: More Speakers Accept Invitations

Written on the 20th August, 2019

European Policy Solutions with the support of CMB Revolve Technologies will be holding a One Day Conference “From Diesel to Zero: Developing the Potential of Zero Emission Trains” in Manchester on 26 September 2019.

Rory Dickerson from Network Rail will speak in the first session and will give the Conference a wider perspective by looking at the development of zero emission trains at an international level.  This will be followed up with Robert Missen from DG Move outlining the European Commission’s policy on zero emission trains.  Elena Hof from the German Federal Government will be presenting Germany’s policy and support for hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric trains.

The Conference will look at the development of Regional Trains (Multiple Units) and Yane Laperche-Riteau, the Business Development Director of Ballard Power Systems Europe will look at fuel cells production for use in trains.  Ballard has extensive experience in fuel cell development and is currently involved in four projects across Europe and in Japan.   Retrofitting trains is one of the solutions in the introduction of fuel cell trains in the UK.  Sean Ring, the Technical Manager and Chief Engineer of Alstom UK and Ireland will outline the work done to develop the Breeze train which is a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Stuart Hillmansen from the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research (BCRRE) and Education will discuss the progress of the HydroFLEX train which was launched at Rail Live in June this year.  Stephen Kent, also from the BCRRE will look at the infrastructure needs of zero emission trains.

Paul Turner from CMB Revolve Technologies will present the development of hydrogen in ICE trains and we are also pleased to announce that CMB Revolve Technologies will be supporting the Conference.

The Afternoon Panel will look at the Scaling Up of Zero Emission Trains from Demonstration Projects to Large Scale Deployment.  Tom Houghton from E4tech has been involved in reports written in conjunction with main RSSB report and he joins the Panel with Stephen Kent who has also been involved in the Reports.  George Davidson from Transport Scotland joins the Panel and he will discuss the policy developments in Scotland in relation to zero emission trains.

Further details of the Conference and Booking Forms can be found on






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