China: Hydrogen Shunting Locomotive Hauls 10,000 Tonnes

China’s first high-power hydrogen-powered shunting locomotive, developed by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd. and China Energy Group, has completed a 10,000-tonne loading test for the first time.

The high-power hydrogen energy locomotive for China's heavy-haul railway
The high-power hydrogen energy locomotive for China’s heavy-haul railway

This milestone was completed at Sidaoliu Station on the Bazhun Line of the Xinshuo Railway. From here, the hydrogen-powered locomotive was used to tow 105 C80 vehicles for 2 kilometres at a constant speed.

In doing so, the locomotive marked a key breakthrough in the market-oriented application of hydrogen power for China’s heavy-haul railways.

Specifically, the locomotive is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell and a lithium power battery. It has a maximum power of 2,400 kilowatts and a design speed of 100 kilometres per hour.

With a maximum starting traction of 560 kN, the locomotive has a load capacity of 10,000 tonnes on level line and a load of 5,000 tonnes on a 4% slope.

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