China develops its first hydrogen hybrid locomotive / by Zheng Xin

The first China-developed hydrogen fuel cell hybrid locomotive in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Photo:Xinhua

China has recently localized the manufacture of a locomotive fueled by hydrogen, with the first China-developed hybrid locomotive starting a trial run on Friday on a railway line for coal transport in North China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

The hydrogen energy locomotive project was jointly launched by the Inner Mongolia subsidiary of the State Power Investment Corporation Limited, CRRC Datong Co Ltd and SPIC’s Hydrogen Energy Co Ltd.

The new energy locomotive, which will have zero pollution during operations and only emitting water, has broad market prospects for use in large factories, mines and ports.

According to SPIC, the locomotive, with a set speed of 80 kilometers per hour, has a maximum traction load of around 5,000 metric tons on a straight track.

Source: China Daily, 11/01/2021,