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UK embraces hydrogen-fuelled future as transport hub and train announced

The first-ever hydrogen-powered train has run on the UK mainline. The trials of the train, known as HydroFLEX,  follow almost 2 years’ development work and more than £1 million  investment by both Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham. Unlike diesel trains, hydrogen-powered trains do not emit harmful gases, using hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, water and heat. The technology behind the trains will also be available by 2023 to retrofit current in-service trains to hydrogen, helping decarbonise the rail network and make rail journeys greener and more efficient.                                     

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