Trials for the UKâ€™s first hydrogen-fuelled train will begin today (September 30).
Unlike diesel trains, hydrogen-powered trains do not emit harmful gases, instead, they use hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, water and heat.
Hydrogen is a clean fuel that can be produced from a variety of domestic resources, such as natural gas, nuclear power, biomass, and renewable power like solar and wind.
This new train, known as the HydroFLEX, has been supported by a Â£750,000 grant from the Department for Transport and a further Â£1m from the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook.
This new technology will also be available from 2023 to retrofit existing trains to hydrogen.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: â€˜As we continue on our road to a green recovery, we know that to really harness the power of transport to improve our country â€“ and to set a global gold standard â€“ we must truly embed change.
â€˜Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m delighted that, through our plans to build back better, weâ€™re embracing the power of hydrogen and the more sustainable, greener forms of transport it will bring.â€™
Professor Stephen Jarvis, head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, said: â€˜The University of Birmingham is setting the pace for rail innovation both in the UK and globally.
â€˜The HydroFLEX project is a great example of how world-class R&D, together with the right industry partnerships, can deliver decarbonisation technologies that are both innovative and practical.
â€˜Successful mainline testing is a major milestone for HydroFLEX and is a clear demonstration of the important role hydrogen has to play in the UKâ€™s rail industry.â€™
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