Caterpillar, BNSF, Chevron to Pursue Hydrogen Locomotive Demonstration
By Colin Kellaher
A trio of U.S. industrial titans on Tuesday said they are
teaming up in an effort to advance the use of hydrogen fuel as a
lower-carbon option for the railroad industry.
Heavy machinery maker Caterpillar Inc., energy giant Chevron
Corp. and BNSF Railway Co., the freight railroad owned by Warren
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., said they inked a memorandum of
understanding to advance the demonstration of a locomotive powered
by hydrogen fuel cells in a bid to confirm the feasibility and
performance of hydrogen fuel for use in line-haul rail.
The companies said hydrogen has the potential to play a
significant role as a lower-carbon alternative to diesel fuel for
transportation, with hydrogen fuel cells becoming a means to reduce
As part of the plan, Caterpillar's Progress Rail unit will
design and build a prototype hydrogen-fuel-cell locomotive while
Chevron will develop the fueling concept and infrastructure to
support the use of the locomotive, which would be demonstrated on
The companies said they are working toward reaching definitive
agreements. Chevron and Caterpillar in September announced plans to
collaborate on hydrogen demonstration projects in transportation
and stationary power applications, including prime power.
Last week, steelmaker U.S. Steel Corp., freight railroad Norfolk
Southern Corp. and railcar maker Greenbrier Cos. said they were
joining forces to create a new, more sustainable steel gondola
railcar with a reduced weight that lessens carbon emissions and has
an extended useful life.
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