TORONTO (DCN News Services)— Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation announced it has reached the closing deadline for a request for proposals to show how a hydrogen fuel cell system could be integrated into the GO train system and that it is also taking the next steps on concept design work for hydrogen-powered trains.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca discussed hydrogen fuel technology at a recent conference on fuel cell technology in the transportation sector, a media statement reported.
The Hydrail in Ontario symposium was held Nov. 16 in Toronto.
Hydrogen rail is an alternative to conventional overhead wires. The Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study will consider whether hydrogen power can play a role in Ontario's ongoing work to electrify GO rail, the statement said.
The study is expected to be complete by the end of 2017, with a decision on electrification technology to follow.
The request for proposals seeking concept design work to show how a hydrogen fuel cell system could be integrated into a bi-level Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) train closed on Nov. 9. An EMU train is an electric-powered train consisting of multiple self-propelled carriages linked together. An EMU does not require a separate locomotive, as electric motors are incorporated in each carriage, the statement explained.
Examples of EMUs currently in service include the Heathrow Flyer in the U.K., the AGV in France and the TTC's Toronto Rocket subway trains.
"The key learnings from today's symposium will help to inform Ontario's decision on whether or not to move ahead with hydrail to electrify the GO rail network," said Del Duca in the statement.