by Josephine Cordero Sapién
27 Nov 2020
Italy’s transport operator FNM (Ferrovie Nord Milano) has ordered six hydrogen fuel cell trains from Alstom, with an option for eight further trains, for the Lombardy region.
The total contract value is 160 million euros. Alstom says it will make the first train delivery by the end of 2023.
These hydrogen trains, which will be the first hydrogen trains in Italy, will be based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream regional train platform. This Coradia Stream will feature the same fuel cell technology that is built into the Coradia iLint. Alstom will manufacture the Stream in Italy.
A benefit of hydrogen trains over diesel trains is that they don’t produce emissions in operation, meaning they have a lesser impact on air quality than their diesel counterparts. The Coradia Stream will still have the same operational performance, including range, as diesel trains, however.
“We are immensely proud to be introducing hydrogen train technology to Italy, and we recognise the trust placed in us by our Italian customer. This development confirms Alstom's role in defining the future of mobility.”
Hydrogen trains are a good transition solution for lines that are not yet electrified; alternatively they are suitable for lines that are characterised by low traffic volumes and low operating speeds.
Alstom’s Savigliano site will be responsible for project development, most of the manufacturing and the certification. Its Bologna site will deliver the on-board signalling equipment.
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Alstom and ENGIE have signed a partnership agreement to supply a renewable hydrogen to heavy-duty European rail freight.
Limited progress is being made regarding the UK Government's rail decarbonisation plans according to a Railway Industry Association report.
Bayerische Regiobahn has signed a leasing contract for a Siemens Mobility two-car hydrogen-powered trainset.
CAF and Iberdrola have signed a framework agreement to promote the use of green hydrogen in the railway and passenger transport sectors.
A research contract has been agreed to introduce hydrogen-powered trains on the Heidekrautbahn in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg.
Progress Rail, BNSF Railway and Chevron have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to demonstrate a hydrogen-powered locomotive.
Alstom has signed an MoU with oil and gas company MOL to explore the use of hydrogen technology for rail transport in Hungary.
Alstom and Liebherr – Aerospace and Transportation SAS have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at optimising hydrogen systems.
CZ LOKO is looking into the feasibility of building a hydrogen-powered locomotive. This has tentatively been named the HydrogenShunter 1000.
Hynamics has signed a new partnership agreement with Alstom to reduce the time needed to refuel hydrogen trains.
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AECOM has signed a memorandum of understanding to upgrade Italy’s Apennine diesel railway with hydrogen trains.
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Repsol and Talgo have signed an agreement to support the development of hydrogen-powered trains in the Iberian Peninsula.
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The University of Extremadura in Spain will work with Talgo to develop the visual identity of the TPH2 hydrogen test train.
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Talgo has unveiled its plans to get into the hydrogen train market, with the Talgo Vittal-One, named in honour of hydrogen's atomic number.
Deutsche Bahn and Siemens Mobility launch the H2goesRail partnership to trial a hydrogen train (Mireo Plus H) and refuelling infrastructure.
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The European Commission has chosen the FCH2RAIL project to explore hydrogen fuel cells for rail vehicles, using Horizon 2020 funding.
The ground-breaking ceremony for Germany's second hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains has taken place in Hesse.
A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place for the new hydrogen refuelling station that is to be built in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Alstom and Eversholt Rail are investing a further 1 million GBP into the hydrogen train Breeze in order to accelerate the UK hydrogen sector.
The first Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen train has arrived in the Netherlands and will undergo night-time testing over the next 2 weeks.
Stadler has won its first contract for a hydrogen train, the FLIRT H2. The SBCTA will operate the train on the Redlands Passenger Rail line.
Alstom is set to test the new Coradia iLint in the Netherlands. This is due to a signage between Alstom, Engie, Arriva and ProRail.
Fahma GmbH has ordered 27 hydrogen fuel cell trains from Alstom – the Coradia iLint, which will begin operating in Hesse in December 2022.
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