Alstom and Liebherr Collaborate on Optimisation of Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Alstom and Liebherr – Aerospace and Transportation SAS have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at optimising hydrogen systems.

Alstom and Liebherr sign a collaboration agreement in order to optimise hydrogen fuel cells
Alstom and Liebherr sign a collaboration agreement in order to optimise hydrogen fuel cells

France-based Liebherr supplies turbochargers to fuel cell system integrators, and is developing air management technology particularly well suited to hydrogen fuel cells.

The two companies’ goals include improving the reliability and durability of fuel cells, increasing their power density and reducing their cost.

Alstom has been working hard on its hydrogen strategy this year – this latest agreement follows a number of other partnership agreements.

This includes a project with Hynamics announced earlier this month to reduce the time needed to refuel hydrogen trains, an MoU signing with Plastic Omnium to develop onboard hydrogen storage systems for the rail industry in September, and the acquisition of Helion Hydrogen Power in the spring.

Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom France, said:

“Alstom has made sustainable mobility one of the pillars of its strategic plan…Our ambition is to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen in the rail industry and to develop innovative solutions in the context of the greening of heavy mobility, including regional trains, shunting locomotives and freight locomotives.

“To develop a hydrogen ecosystem, particularly in France, we need to mobilise the public authorities and all the players in this sector.

“As in many fields, we are innovating with structuring partnerships: SNAM, Plastic Omnium, Hynamics, Eversholt and now Liebherr.”

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