Last week, Japan's Railway Research Technical Institute (RTRI) officially announced that they completed successful running tests of what they say is the world's first fuel cell-powered train.

Their research and development began in 2001 as they aimed to develop a railway system that would reduce noise and gas emissions as well as eliminate the requirement for a power-feeding facility. In 2003, RTRI succeeded in testing a 30 kW-class fuel cell while their latest achievement was the successful test of a 100 kW-class system.

Over the next two years they plan to develop a fuel cell system for commercial railway operations.

[Source: Fuel Cell Works]

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