Hydrogen Trains – An Effective Alternative to Rail Electrification?

22nd May, 2018

About the Seminar

This one day Workshop looks at the growing interest in hydrogen trains in Scotland and the United Kingdom. It looks at developments in the rest of Europe such as the introduction of hydrogen trains in Lower Saxony with three more Lander taking trains by 2022. Austria’s Zillertal Railway has also recently announced that it is opting for hydrogen trains on its narrow gauge railway.

The Workshop examines the challenges that need to be addressed in the introduction of hydrogen trains in the UK.  This includes the technical challenges that need to be solved if the technology is adapted to heavy duty transport like rail.   It will include case studies in the UK and Europe. There will be a Keynote Address from Fiona White, Deputy Director of Trains Strategy and Operations at the Department for Transport.  The Workshop will end with a Panel Discussion which looks at the way in which the UK can move from trials to implementation; especially how it can be introduced into a rail system built around franchises.

“I have talked to senior people in the industry who believe that there will only be one generation of bi-modes and the second generation will be hydrogen. We are now looking to get the first hydrogen trains on our network in a very short space of time. The technology is really moving apace.”
Chris Grayling, UK Secretary of State for Transport – January 2018

“I welcome the commitment by industry professionals to generate new solutions to enhance our transport networks in Scotland in order to boost sustainable, inclusive growth. I look forward to this Workshop progressing this important Agenda”
Humza Yousaf, Scottish Government Minister of Transport – Message to Workshop

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Registration and Coffee


Welcome and Introduction by Jon Jordan, Director, European Policy Solutions


Fuel Cell Applications for Railways - Addressing the Challenge

Robert Missen, Head of Unit B-3, Research and Innovation, DG Move, European Commission

Rory Dickerson, Senior Engineer, Network Rail

Nigel Holmes, SHFCA

Adam Chase, Director, E4tech

Chair: Adam Chase, E4tech

Round Table Discussion


Tea, Coffee and Networking


The Potential Role of Hydrogen in Scotland's Energy Future

Stuart McKay, Scottish Government


Adapting the Technology

Fuel Cells for Rail Applications

Oben Uluc, Sales Director, Ballard Power Systems

Powering Rail with Captured Renewable Energy

Mark Kammerer, Business Sales Manager, Hydrogenics


Buffet Lunch and Networking



Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure

Mark Griffin, Market Development Manager, Clean Fuels, BOC Gases, UK and Ireland

Experiences from the Railway Sector – integrating fuel cell technology

Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development and Marketing, Alstom UK

Chair: Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive, Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association.

Questions and Answers



Case Studies

Studying the Feasibility of Hydrogen Trains in Toronto
Ian Sutherland, Jacobs

The Introduction of Hydrogen Trains in the Northern Netherlands
Michiel Deerenberg, Prorail, Netherlands

Hydrogen Train Potential in the United Kingdom
Stephen Kent, University of Birmingham

Chair: Adam Chase, Director E4tech

Questions and Answers


Coffee and Networking



Fiona White, Deputy Director, Train Strategy and Operations, Rail Group, Passenger Services, Policy Operations and Change, Department for Transport


Panel Discussion: From Trials to UK Implementation

Mike Muldoon, Head of Business Development and Marketing Alstom UK

Bill Ireland, Chief Executive, Logan Energy

Tim Burleigh, Head of External Relations, Eversholt Rail

Barry Graham, Senior Rail Advisor, Northern Rail

Adam Timewell, Rail Franchise Commercial Manager, Rail North Partnership

Facilitator: Jon Jordan


Ensuring that Hydrogen Trains are High on the Scottish and UK Transport Agendas



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Early Bird Rate until 11 May 2018: £65 +VAT
Rate from 12 May 2018: £95+VAT

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