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Eighth International Hydrail Conference features international hydrail developments

BOONE—The latest developments in hydrogen-powered railways, called hydrail, will be featured at the eighth annual International Hydrail Conference held in Toronto June 11-12.

The conference is being co-hosted by Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Energy Center and Science Concepts International. It will be held on the campus of Ryerson University. The conference is sponsored by Hydrogenics, CTSNA, Ontario Centres of Excellence, Ontario Power Generation, SCI, Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Energy and the Mooresville/South Iredell Chamber of Commerce. Additional information is available at

The conference will feature keynote speaker Detlef Matthiessen, parliament member in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein; Daryl Wilson, CEO of Hydrogenics Inc.; and Glenn Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation.

The latest developments in hydrail technology will be presented, including Southwest Jiaotong University’s (China) prototype fuel cell locomotive, University of Birmingham’s (United Kingdom) demonstration hydrogen fuel cell locomotive, Germany’s Schienenfplieger Hydrail Project, University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s hydrogen train research, and The Mooresville, N.C. Hydrail Initiative (United States).

A tour of fuel cell-maker Hydrogenics facilities is scheduled for the afternoon of June 12.

In addition to presentations from international representatives, the event has an intensive focus on energy- and transportation-related opportunities in Ontario with presentations from Metrolinx, Bombardier Transportation, Siemens, Hydrogenics, a variety of local officials, and professors from the University of Waterloo, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Ryerson University.

The International Hydrail Conference has brought together the world’s leading experts in the development of hydrogen-fuel technology for railways since 2005 when Appalachian’s Energy Center hosted the First Hydrail International Conference in Charlotte. Previous conferences in the United States, Denmark and Spain have played a significant role in research coordination and global exchange of information regarding the development and deployment of hydrogen technology for rail-based applications.