How Will HydroFLEX Modernise Public Transport?
Public Transport is set to be revolutionised through the advancements in hydrogen. HIL highlights how HydroFLEX is setting the pace.

HydroFLEX is the first hydrogen-ready passenger train in the UK. Operating under electric, battery, and hydrogen power, making it the world’s first ‘tri-mode’ train.

Almost 30 companies have contributed to delivering the train over its 10-month build period, with Porterbrook investing £8 million in the latest version of HydroFLEX.

Up to 277kg of hydrogen fuel is contained aboard HydroFLEX in 36 high-pressure tanks, which is then fed into fuel cells. Then a chemical process converts the hydrogen and oxygen from the air to generate clean electricity.

Hydrogen-powered trains will support the progressive rollout of electrification schemes, as well as deliver clean train travel on routes where overhead wires cannot be economically justified.

HydroFLEX is part of a suite of Porterbrook Engineering initiatives designed to improve air quality, reduce carbon, and deliver a cost-effective and sustainable railway for both passengers and taxpayers.