Russia: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Tram Tested in St. Petersburg

By November 7, 2019 2   min read  (284 words)

November 7, 2019 |

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ST. PETERSBURG –Trial of the current prototype of the LM-68M tram equipped with hydrogen fuel cells were held on Moscow Avenue in St. Petersburg, an RIA Novosti correspondent reports.

“A hydrogen fuel tram is the development of Russian engineers. Its maintenance is slightly cheaper than a conventional tram. You do not need to build substations for 100-150 million rubles and an electrical contact network, which costs about 14 million rubles per kilometer. You also do not need to maintain a cable network. We only need hydrogen substations, “Sergei Kitaev, head of the technical policy service of the St. Petersburg Gorelectrotrans, told reporters.According to his estimates, the creation of the tram itself will cost about three times less than conventional trams – 100-190 million rubles against 300-350 million rubles.”

The hydrogen installation, which will be used in the tram, meets all safety requirements.  Now we are working on a modern type of tramcar powered by hydrogen. Most likely, the concept will be ready by December this year,” the deputy director said Central Research Institute of Set “in the direction of hydrogen energy Igor Landgraf.

According to the developers of the project, after the hydrogen fuel tram concept is finally ready, it will be possible to talk about mass production and calculate the total cost of introducing these new trams in the city.

St. Petersburg is growing in new areas, such a tram can serve suburban areas – Shushary, Kolpino, Krasnoe Selo,” said Sergey Kitaev.

The developers expect that the hydrogen fuel cell tram will be able to get on the line in three to four years with sufficient funding for the project.

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