by Keri Allan
10 Oct 2023
Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) and Alstom will demonstrate the first hydrogen-powered passenger train in the kingdom this month.
Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen passenger train will travel 10–20 kilometres on Line 1 or Line 2 of the Riyadh East network.
This will be the first venture of its kind in the Middle East and Africa and follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in September 2022 to develop or adapt hydrogen-based solutions for Saudi Arabia.
The kingdom is looking to identify and test innovative sustainable mobility solutions in order to reduce carbon emissions in transport and achieve the its ‘Vision 2030’ goals.
“This is an important step in the joint development of hydrogen train systems with SAR, both for operations tailored to the specific needs of the Kingdom and in response to the increase capacity of SAR’s networks.
“We’re committed to working with SAR to support the Kingdom's clean energy commitments and achieve the carbon neutrality target by 2060.”
The Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Last year, it travelled 1,175 km without having to fill its hydrogen tanks and features clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage and intelligent management of traction power and available energy.
Alstom has developed hydrogen traction solutions on multiple platforms and has signed several contracts for trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The first two train fleets entered commercial service in Germany last year.
“Powered by zero-emission energy production, the hydrogen train offers a number of benefits, making it a compelling choice for sustainable energy solutions.
“Its positive impact extends to the environment, the economy and the future of future generations.”
Adif, Renfe and CAF have announced that the FCH2RAIL project's bi-mode hydrogen train has begun tests on the Torralba-Soria line in Spain.
Stadler has received an order to build four hydrogen-powered trains for the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Caltrans.
Alstom has concluded its demonstration of the first hydrogen-powered train to provide commercial service in North America.
At EXPO Ferroviaria, Alstom and Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) will unveil Italy's first hydrogen-powered Coradia Stream train.
Siemens Mobility has completed the first test runs of its Mireo Plus H hydrogen-powered train in Bavaria, Germany.
Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) has partnered with DIGAS to trial Europe’s first retrofitted hydrogen freight locomotive.
Rail operators, ARST and FdC have contracted Stadler to deliver the first narrow-gauge hydrogen trains to Italy.
Under a partnership with the Government of Québec, Alstom has launched the first passenger train in North America to be powered by hydrogen.
The FCH2Rail project has commenced the first test runs of its bi-mode hydrogen train on the Zaragoza-Canfranc line on Spain's rail network.
Siemens Mobility has presented the final designs of the Mireo Plus H and Plus B trains for Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
Alstom will operate its Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered train on the Réseau Charlevoix rail network in Quebec, Canada.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has reached its target volume for biofuel two years ahead of target, hitting 17 million litres of HVO.
Alstom and Air Products have signed an MoU to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen trains in the Czech Republic.
Kazakhstan Railways and Alstom have announced an expansion of their partnership with the signing of a new cooperation agreement.
Nestlé Waters will become the first company in Europe to operate a hydrogen-powered freight train with a solution from Alstom and ENGIE.
SBCTA and Metrolink are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Arrow service, which is scheduled to commence on Monday 24 October.
The Valley Link Rail project is purchasing 200 acres that will be the site of its green hydrogen production facility.
Deutsche Bahn and FFI have signed a declaration of intent to work together on an emission-free ammonia-hydrogen engine.
At InnoTrans, Talgo introduced its intercity train platform as well as new solutions to support decarbonisation of rail transport.
Siemens Mobility presented its Mireo Plus H hydrogen train for the Berlin-Brandenburg region at InnoTrans 2022 today.
Stadler has signed a MoU to design and deliver four zero emission hydrogen FLIRT trains for operation in California.
Stadler has unveiled its FLIRT H2 hydrogen train, which will be delivered to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority in 2023.
InnoTrans 2022 is officially kicking off on 20 September. As is customary, the press gets a sneak peek the day before.
Alstom has proven the capability of the Coradia iLint train to provide long-distance travel with its recording-breaking 1175km journey.
Alstom has announced the solutions and rolling stock it will be showing at InnoTrans 2022, with a focus on digitalisation and green mobility.
DB Cargo has showcased how it’s already capable of transporting large quantities of hydrogen by freight rail.
Deutsche Bahn and Siemens have commenced testing for the Mireo Plus H hydrogen trains along with the mobile hydrogen refuelling process.
Sierra Northern Railway (SERA) has unveiled the look of its new zero emission hydrogen switching locomotive.
Ballard Power Systems’ fuel cells will power India’s first hydrogen trains thanks to a fuel cell module order from Medha Servo Drives.
The first physical edition of Rail Infra Forum 2022, organised by RailTech.com, will take place on 12–13 October in Berlin.
14 Coradia iLint regional trains are now in passenger operation on the world’s first full hydrogen-operated route in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Siemens Mobility has announced it will be unveiling its new open digital business platform – the Siemens Xcelerator – at InnoTrans 2022.
CAF has begun dynamic track testing the hydrogen-powered demonstrator train developed for the FCH2Rail project.
Stadler has revealed some of the solutions it will have on show at InnoTrans 2022 this coming September in Berlin.
Alstom has announced that it will establish an innovation centre for green rail mobility solutions at its Americas headquarters in Quebec.
Siemens Mobility has received its first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains from Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
CAF has commenced static tests on the hydrogen-powered demonstrator train that is being developed for the FCH2Rail project.
PKN ORLEN and Alstom have signed a strategic cooperation agreement for the supply of zero-emission trains and hydrogen fuel.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility have unveiled elements of their newly developed complete hydrogen system for rail.
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.
The first of three DMUs ordered from Stadler by the SBCTA has now left the manufacturer’s factory in Salt Lake City.
Alstom and Eversholt Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at the development of 10 three-car hydrogen trains for the UK.
A study commissioned by the RDG has found that building the UK’s net zero railway could lead to the creation of approximately 6,000 jobs.
AECOM has signed a memorandum of understanding to upgrade Italy’s Apennine diesel railway with hydrogen trains.
Alstom and Plastic Omnium have signed a MoU to work together on the development of high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.
Alstom has run its Coradia iLint hydrogen train in France for the first time. The event took place at a railway test centre.
Alstom is working closely with transportation authorities in MENA, showcasing sustainable mobility solutions including its hydrogen train.
Alstom has run its Coradia iLint hydrogen-powered regional passenger train in Sweden for the first time in Östersund.
Repsol and Talgo have signed an agreement to support the development of hydrogen-powered trains in the Iberian Peninsula.
Siemens Mobility have signed an MoU with the State of Bavaria to begin testing its hydrogen-powered train from mid-2023.
The rolling stock owner and railway asset manager Porterbrook has taken over the Long Marston site, where it will develop a rail innovation centre.
Siemens Mobility and HI ERN have signed an MoU to research use of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology in rail transport.
Toyota Motor Europe will supply the fuel cell modules for the CAF-manufactured CIVIA EMU that will be the prototype for the FCH2RAIL project.
Four French regions have placed their first order for dual mode electric-hydrogen trains from Alstom, via co-ordinating party SNCF Voyageurs.
The University of Extremadura in Spain will work with Talgo to develop the visual identity of the TPH2 hydrogen test train.
Ballard Power Systems announces order from Arcola Energy for modules to power Scotland’s first fuel cell-powered train.
Alstom's hydrogen train, the Coradia iLint, has successfully completed 3 months of test operations in regular passenger service in Austria.
Italy is to get its first hydrogen trains with delivery starting in 2023. FNM has ordered six Coradia Stream trains from Alstom for Lombardy.
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.
Although hydrogen and fuel cell technology can play its part in the rail sector, it will not decarbonise transport. It is a fringe component.
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.
Alstom is presenting its to-scale model of its Breeze hydrogen train at Railtex. Mike Muldoon will also give a talk on the technology.
Vivarail has announced a long-term partnership with Arcola Energy to develop a hydrogen train for the UK following the success of its D-Train.
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