Sierra Northern Railway Unveils Hydrogen Zero Emission Locomotive Concept - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, Industrial  -  September 9, 2022

Sierra Northern Railway Unveils Hydrogen Zero Emission Locomotive Concept

Sierra Northern Railway (SERA) unveiled its hydrogen powered switching locomotive. This zero emission switching locomotive is slated to be completed on schedule. 

The California Energy Commission awarded $4 million for the design, integration and demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell switching locomotive. The locomotive will prove the potential of hydrogen fuel-cell technology to reduce transportation air pollutant and GHG emissions.

The project involves the integration of an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, hydrogen storage, advanced battery, and systems control technologies to provide an alternative to less environmentally friendly diesel-powered locomotives. When built and demonstrated it will benefit the community with the improvement of local air quality, a reduction in GHG emissions, noise and odor, helping California to achieve the state's environmental goals.

SERA will provide additional information to the industry about its solution as it builds, demonstrates, and validates the technology as it prepares to establish a platform for widespread commercialization in the immediate future.

"We are pleased to present this new look for the Sierra Northern Railway Zero Emission Hydrogen Switching Locomotive as we continue to refine our design and prepare to build and test the locomotive. This new look combines the future of hydrogen (dark blue) with California's green future (dark and light green) with Sierra's strong tradition of switching locomotives for the goods movement sector. We are more convinced today than ever that the Sierra Northern Railway Zero Emission Hydrogen Switching Locomotive will help ensure the switching locomotive industry will have a zero-emission solution in the near future," said Kennan H. Beard III, President of Sierra Northern Railway in a statement




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