THE Canadian Pacific Railway has announced plans to develop North America's first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive.
CP's Hydrogen Locomotive Programme will retrofit a line-haul locomotive with hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology to drive the locomotive's electric traction motors.
Once operational, CP will conduct rail service trials and qualification testing to evaluate the technology's readiness for the freight-rail sector.
"This is a globally significant project that positions CP at the leading edge of decarbonising the freight transportation sector," said CP president and CEO Keith Creel.
The work builds on CP's prior experience with testing low-emitting locomotive technologies, including biofuels, compressed natural gas and battery-powered solutions, said the press release.
Nearly the entire freight locomotive fleet of all railway operators in North America consists of diesel-powered units, representing the industry's most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, it said.