Angel Trains Partners with Arcola Energy on Hydrogen Train Project

Leading rolling stock asset manager to provide rolling stock expertise and investment in green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

17 May, 2021 - Angel Trains, one of Britain’s leading rolling stock asset managers, today announced it will partner with Arcola Energy and its industry consortium partners in delivering the Zero Emission Train project, providing rolling stock expertise and over £500k investment in green hydrogen refuelling infrastructure.

Angel Trains will extend its support, which to date has included technical advice, parts and equipment, to involve technical, commercial and sustainability expertise in the collaboration with hydrogen integration specialist Arcola Energy and its rail industry consortium partners.

The project will deliver Scotland’s first hydrogen powered train offering a zero-carbon alternative to the country’s rail network. The Transport Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the University of St Andrews/Hydrogen Accelerator backed project will see the demonstration of a deployment-ready hydrogen-powered train during COP26.

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Angel Trains will offer industry insights into traction options for new, as well as converted, rolling stock and has provided funding for a flexible refueller installation, delivering green hydrogen from renewable sources to support further development and testing.

Matthew Labuda, Head of Angel Trains Customer Service, North said: “We are thrilled to be involved in this pioneering project for Scotland - it’s an exciting opportunity for us to work with our industry partners and support Scottish innovation. At a time when the World’s focus will be on COP26 in Glasgow, the new Scottish Hydrogen Train will bring cutting edge technologies to life, whilst enhancing the passenger experience and progressing the government’s green agenda.”

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The industry consortium led by Arcola was formed in response to an opportunity created by the Scottish Government to foster rail innovation and supply chain development as part of the country’s decarbonisation strategy.

John Irvine, Professor at the University of St Andrews and Chair of the Hydrogen Accelerator, who are overseeing the train’s legacy as a development platform, said: "The Scottish Hydrogen Zero Emission Train project is a great example of the collaboration we aim to foster. In order to scale-up the deployment of zero carbon and zero emission technologies, it is imperative that commercial organisations who are making decisions about long-term assets are informed and motivated to make the right decisions for the future - it is both encouraging and very welcome to have Angel Trains actively engaging in this project.”


About Angel Trains

Angel Trains is one of Britain’s leading train leasing companies and has been an owner and lessor of rolling stock since 1994. The company leases to 18 franchised operators and two open access operators in the UK. Angel Trains is passionate about financing and delivering high quality, modern assets to its customers and is committed to working with the Government, the Rail Delivery Group ("RDG") and other stakeholders to provide innovative funding solutions to modernise and improve the UK's train fleet.

Angel Trains has invested £5 billion in new rolling stock and refurbishment programmes since 1994 and is one of the largest private investors in the industry.



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