Angel Trains to invest in Scottish hydrogen train infrastructure


Angel Trains are to partner with Arcola Energy and its industry consortium partners in delivering the Zero Emission Train project.

On 17 May, Angel Trains announced its plans to invest £500,000 in green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as part of the project that will lead to the delivery of Scotland’s first hydrogen powered train, offering a zero carbon alternative to its rail network. The project, backed by Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the University of St Andrews/Hydrogen Accelerator, will result in the demonstration of a deployment-ready hydrogen-powered train for COP26.

It will offer industry insights into traction options for new and converted rolling stock, while funding a flexible refueller installation, delivering green hydrogen from renewable sources to further support development and testing.

John Irvine, Professor at the University of St Andrews and Hydrogen Accelerator Chair, said the project was a “great example of the collaboration we aim to foster”.

Irvine explained: “In order to scale-up the deployment of zero carbon and zero emission technologies, it is imperative that commercial organisations who are making decisions about long-term assets are informed and motivated to make the right decisions for the future – it is both encouraging and very welcome to have Angel Trains actively engaging in this project.”