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Chrysalis Rail’s team welcome the announcement made by Network Rail and Porterbrook that they will be showcasing the hydrogen-powered HydroFLEX train at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Chrysalis are delighted to be working with rolling stock owner and asset manager, Porterbrook on the HydroFLEX project, to support their efforts in showcasing this low-carbon train technology at the event to be held in Glasgow later this year.

The collaboration will bring a ground-breaking hydrogen-powered HydroFLEX train to COP26, giving invited guests the chance to use the train to support the globally significant discussions that will take place.

Chrysalis Rail will be leading on the vehicle preparation and installation of the hydrogen fuel system. Chrysalis Rail’s involvement in the project will include removal and relocation of original equipment, removal and modification of existing electrical wiring along with an extensive new installation, pneumatic pipework modifications, TCA fitment, fuel cell and tanks mechanical and electrical installation including structural improvements, lighting installation, new cooling systems, high and low pressure containment areas, OTMR relocation and reconfiguration, safety system upgrades (heat and hydrogen detection + extraction systems), underframe modifications for battery raft fitment and electrical installation, cab control system modifications and cab refresh activities. Chrysalis will also work with Porterbrook to ensure HydroFLEX will acquire the approvals needed for mainline testing and will continue to support the testing phase.

Chris Steele, Managing Director at Chrysalis said, “we are delighted to continue our support for Porterbrook on the HydroFLEX project and the COP26 event later in the year. HydroFLEX is a great team effort and Chrysalis are delighted to be a part of the project team to lead on the vehicle preparation and hydrogen fuel system install. It is a fantastic opportunity for our team to showcase what we can do, and we hope it will make a significant contribution to the Government’s decarbonisation aims in rail.”

Photo: Porterbrook

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