Irish Rail Converts Diesel Locomotive to Hydrogen
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Éire / Ireland
In a progressive move towards sustainable rail transport, Irish Rail, operated by Iarnród Éireann, has partnered with Latvia's Digas to retrofit a diesel locomotive into a hydrogen-powered Internal Combustion Engine (ICE). This pioneering €1.5 million ($1.6 million) project aims to demonstrate a practical and cost-effective approach to decarbonizing existing diesel locomotives. The innovative conversion kit, requiring minimal modifications to the locomotive, is set to undergo testing in 2024, with hopes that its success will lead to the greening of more locomotives in the Irish Rail fleet. With contributions from EIT Urban Mobility and stringent oversight by the Commission for Railway Regulation (CRR), this project signifies a significant step towards a cleaner and more sustainable future for rail travel in Ireland.
Petro Dumenko, Digas' CEO, acknowledged the common challenge faced by railway operators worldwide in decarbonizing their long-lived diesel-dependent assets. He emphasized the practicality and cost-effectiveness of this initiative, suggesting that it could serve as a model for operators like Irish Rail seeking to reduce their carbon footprint while making the most of existing infrastructure. This collaborative effort showcases a promising pathway for the broader transportation industry to embrace more eco-friendly alternatives, marking a noteworth