CP announces Hydrogen Locomotive Program

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Ballard Power Systems and Canadian Pacific announced today that CP will employ Ballard fuel cell modules for CP’s pioneering Hydrogen Locomotive Program. The modules will provide a total of 1.2 megawatts of electricity to power the locomotive.  By retrofitting a formerly diesel-powered locomotive with Ballard hydrogen fuel cells the fuel cells will work with battery technology to power 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 will be North America’s first hydrogen-powered line-haul freight locomotive. Ballard plans to deliver six of its 200-kilowatt fuel cell modules to CP in 2021.

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