Alstom and Plastic Omnium to Develop Onboard Hydrogen Storage Systems for the Rail Sector

Alstom and Plastic Omnium have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.

Alstom and Plastic Omnium to Develop Onboard Hydrogen Storage Solutions for the Rail Sector
L-R: Christophe Gourlay, Chief Procurement Officer Alstom, Thierry Best, Chief Commercial Officer Alstom, Christian Kopp, President and CEO of Plastic Omnium Clean Energy Systems and Marc Perraudin, Chief Executive Officer Plastic Omnium New Energies.

A dedicated team has been created to manage the technical and commercial development of these products.

This collaboration will enable the two companies, following development projects which have already started, to launch hydrogen storage products on the market for regional trains in France and Italy, starting in 2022.

These will allow direct journeys on non-electrified lines without using fossil fuels and being emission free at the point of use.

Rail, alongside trucks, bus and commercial fleet sectors, is one of the first industries to develop hydrogen mobility, opening up new growth prospects in a promising market.

Thierry Best, Chief Commercial Officer at Alstom, said:

“The emergence of a strong hydrogen ecosystem is of critical importance for driving the development of hydrogen rail as a zero emissions alternative for regional rail. The planned combination of Plastic Omnium’s expertise in hydrogen storage solutions and our expertise in hydrogen trains is in this regard an important milestone to build an innovative and strong hydro rail value chain.”

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