Porterbrook's HydroFLEX Train Begins Mainline Testing
October 01, 2020
At Aura Brand Solutions, we strive to have pioneering technology and products in the foreground of everything we do. We are always looking for new, sustainable projects to be involved with to showcase these capabilities.
Last summer we were proud to showcase one such innovative project, that we have been working on in collaboration with Porterbrook and 3M UK – the HydroFLEX train.
The HydroFLEX train is the first Hydrogen-powered, operational train and is a huge step forward in the development of a zero-carbon emission propulsion system, that would work toward decarbonising Britain’s railway.
The project fitted a fuel cell system to a Class 319 train, allowing the train to run on multiple train lines. The start of mainline testing is the culmination of almost two years development work and more than a million pounds investment in the HydroFLEX train by both Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham.
Aside from the work we did on the project last year, Aura Brand Solutions were recently also asked to complete passenger door spraying and exterior label supply and application, to get the HydroFLEX train ready for mainline running.
Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook, said: