THE establishment of the Hydrogen Innovation & Research Centre in western Jutland has prompted the towns of Vemb, Lemvig, and Thyborøn to consider development of fuel-cell powered trains.

A co-operation agreement was signed on April 7, and the first step is to estimate start-up capital and operating costs. This month a delegation from the three towns hopes to secure an EU contribution.

Chief Executive of HIRC Jens-Chr Møller said that 'our goal is to put Europe's first commercially-viable hydrogen train service into operation in Denmark', adding that 'hydrogen-powered passenger train services are one of our focal research projects. We want Denmark to take the lead in the area of hydrogen fuel'. He said that the scheme had the support of local municipalities, and that 'what we want to do now is to attract the attention of a train producer and persuade them to participate in this project.'