Tuesday, 07 Dec, 2010 Environment

China Creates World's First Hydrogen-Powered Train


The online news source run by the government of People's Republic of China, states that the country launched the world's first fuel cell-powered light-rail locomotive.

Built by the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and Southwest Jiaotong University, the new locomotive uses an advanced permanent-magnet motor in combination with hydrogen fuel cells that are used to provide energy to the synchronous motor and frequency converter.

It would be interesting to note that the hydrogen-powered magnetic motor locomotive has many advantages. For example, the permanent-magnet synchronous motor is able to efficiently produce energy and at the same time cut the level of noise and considerably reduce vibrations, reports People's Daily Online.

With the help of the magnetic motor, the locomotive can register higher performance than standard motors, while reducing power use by up to 20 percent.

The fuel cell light-rail train represents a step forward towards the electrification of China's urban transportation networks. It is expected to help the country reduce the amount of fossil fuels it makes use of today.

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