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Hydrogen-powered locomotives to be manufactured in Latvia

Staff Writer |
Railroad company Latvijas Dzelzcels, Czech company CZ Loko and Canada's Ballard Power Systems will cooperate in the development of electric hydrogen-powered locomotives on the basis of the CME3 locomotive in Latvia.

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The reconstructed CME3 locomotive will reduce noise and engine emissions and the level of vibrations, informed Latvijas Dzelzcels.

Hydrogen-powered locomotives are no longer just a scientific experiment or futuristic dream, said Latvijas Dzelzcels CEO Edvins Berzins. Using hydrogen as a source of energy marks the beginning of a new era in transport, characterized by effective use of energy resources and reducing environmental pollution, he explained.

So far, Latvijas Dzelzcels has successfully implemented two rolling stock modernization projects in cooperation with CZ Loko.

During the new cooperation project, Latvijas Dzelzcels subsidiary LDz Ritosa Sastava Serviss (LDz Rolling Stock Maintenance) will reconstruct the locomotive, CZ Loko will provide the necessary parts and documentation, while Ballard Power Systems will supply fuel cells. Latvian Academy of Sciences will also provide support for the project.

Similar projects have already been implemented in Great Britain, United States, Denmark, Japan, Germany, India, China, and South Africa.

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