Alstom has announced that it will establish an innovation centre for green rail mobility solutions at its Americas headquarters in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec.
Over 500 engineers currently work from this site, which will also provide the new centre with access to dedicated prototyping facilities.
The innovation centre will develop platforms for green hybrid, battery or hydrogen propulsion technologies specifically aimed at North America’s rail freight and passenger market.
It will be equipped with the latest virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) equipment and will work closely with key players in the region’s research and innovation sector, as well as with industrial partners focusing on battery and hydrogen technologies.
Projects will include a partnership with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières’ (UQTR) Hydrogen Research Institute (HRI) looking at the preconditions for the success of the refuelling and operating ecosystem for hydrogen propulsion.
It will also take part in McGill University’s Sustainable Growth Initiative. This is a think tank aimed at providing both the public and private sector with new solutions that will advance greener transport.
“Alstom offers the most comprehensive range of green solutions to support its customers' environmental efforts. We will now expand our capacity with products specifically tailored to the geographic, climatic and regulatory realities of the North American market.
“Quebec's assets and business environment, combined with our design and engineering expertise here in St-Bruno, provide us with a unique environment to innovate and grow.”
The creation of this centre was a key commitment made by Alstom during its acquisition of Bombardier Transportation.
It will be led by Éric Rondeau, who recently worked as a senior strategic advisor to Investissement Québec International and the Quebec Ministry of Economy and Innovation to develop and deploy the Quebec battery industry.
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