Green Energy Train
UNC Charlotte students are crowdfunding to create from scratch a hydrogen electric train and participate in the Europe Rail Challenge. To develop the hydrogen rail (hydrail) technology, UNC Charlotte has teamed up with the University of Birmingham, UK, to work on a ridable park-gauge train as a technology demonstration. For the past four years, students have traveled from Charlotte to England to participate in a Europe Rail Challenge event.
Alternate propulsion technologies that result in reduced air pollution from rail propulsion power units are an emerging area of research. In the United States, a majority of locomotives operate using diesel-electric engines which result in significant air pollution. Since current resolutions to the pollution dilemma are untenably expensive or disruptive, UNC Charlotte has been exploring the development of hydrogen-fuel cell technologies for power supply to electric locomotives.
Your support to the Green Energy Train will help provide the necessary funds to purchase materials needed in building this hydrogen electric train. With your help, UNC Charlotte students will be able to continue finding a solution to alternative rail technologies.