BNSF to join Caterpillar, Chevron in hydrogen fuel-cell project

BNSF Railway will join Caterpillar and Chevron in a hydrogen fuel-cell locomotive demonstration project, the three companies have announced, seeking to show hydrogen is a viable alternative fuel source for line-haul rail.

BNSF Railway logoThe companies have announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding and are working toward definitive agreements in which Progress Rail will build a hydrogen fuel-cell locomotive, Chevron will develop the fueling infrastructure, and BNSF will operate the locomotive — which it says will be a high-horsepower road locomotive — in a test.

The new agreement follows an earlier announcement that Caterpillar and Chervon will work together to demonstrate hydrogen fuel in transportation and stationary-power applications [see “Progress Rail to develop hydrogen locomotive …,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 9, 2021].

“BNSF is pleased to collaborate with Chevron and Progress Rail in piloting locomotives powered by hydrogen fuel cells,” John Lovenburg, BNSF vice president, environmental, said in a press release. “This technology could one day be a lower-carbon solution for line-haul service, as it has the potential to reduce carbon emissions and remain cost-competitive.”

The agreement is subject to regulatory approval. Among the details still to be determined are where and when the demonstration will take place.

Source: Trains,

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