China Launches Hydrogen Powered Train

Recently, we reported on China’s new bullet train, thought to be the fastest in the world. Now, we bring you yet another cutting-edge Chinese transport report: according to a recent release from the government-run People’s Daily Online, the country’s first fuel cell-powered  light-rail locomotive is now up and running.

This new light rail system, developed by the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and Southwest Jiaotong University, makes use of an advanced permanent-magnet motor and hydrogen fuel cells, used to power its synchronous motor and frequency converter (according to Inhabitat).

China hydrogen fuel-cell light rail locomotive

image via Inhabitat

The Chinese government believes that the permanent-magnet synchronous motor developed for this fuel-cell locomotive could help to electrify China’s urban public transportation and alleviate traffic congestion in crowded urban areas, while also pointing the way towards the development of more renewable energy in the country on a larger scale.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.