I’ve talked about hydrail 13 times in the past and this will make the 14th time. Hydrail (hydrogen rail trains) is an often overlooked subject by the mainstream media, so I like to present it here.
The Hydrail conference is both US and internationally focused as past gatherings have been held in places such as Charlotte, NC, USA, Herning, Denmark, Salisbury, NC, Valencia, Spain, Charlotte, NC and now Istanbul, Turkey.
The purpose of the hydrail conferences is to foster communication and collaboration among universities, public industries and the various governments. Hydrogen powered trains offer a clean alternative to the diesel trains that now ride the rails.
The ambitions for hydrail include the building and conversion of commuter trains, locomotives used for shipping, trains used in rail yards and trolleys (hydrolley). Hydrogen trains make sense from a practical standpoint in regard to the refueling infrastructure.
Unlike automobiles that wander the highways and byways of each country, trains run particular routes and refuel in particular locations. These particular locations can be equipped with hydrogen fueling stations, in a similar way that corporate fleets refuel their hydrogen cars generally from one location.
Here are some key points from Appalachian State University, “The conference is being co-hosted by the Istanbul-based International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies and Appalachian State University’s Energy Center. The event will feature the latest research, deployment opportunities and industry developments in the Middle East, Japan, Korea, European Union and the United States, as well as a presentation by the first-ever doctoral candidate focused on hydrogen train technology. “
The Sixth International Hydrail Conference will be hosted July 1 – 2, 2010 in Istanbul Turkey and will help the government in Turkey to understand and accept hydrail as a necessary clean mode of transport for that country going forward.