After countries such as Italy, Germany, Austria and Poland, France has joined the list of countries that have adopted hydrogen trains. A historic step in sustainable mobility for the country.
The world’s first hydrogen train:
It was at the InnoTrans 2016 trade fair in Berlin that Alstom presented the Coradia iLint for the first time. This zero-emission regional train represents a real alternative to diesel: low-noise and emits only water vapor and condensed water.
Approved by several European countries:
Germany was the first country in Europe to fully approve the Coradia iLint as an emission-free alternative to diesel railcars. It entered commercial service at the 2018 InnoTrans, two years after its first presentation by its manufacturer.
Then other countries joined the race:
First order for France: a historic step
SNCF Voyageurs is ordering the first 12 (plus two optional) dual-mode electric-hydrogen trains from Alstom’s Coradia Polyvalent range for Régiolis, developed by Alstom, for a total of nearly €190 million, on behalf of the four regions (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est and Occitanie).
This national first contributes to the energy transition ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise, an issue supported by the French government through its Hydrogen Plan initiated in June 2018. It is fully in line with the PLANETER program, SNCF Voyageurs’ approach to reducing the environmental impact of regional mobility, based on the conviction that with more TERs, there will be much less CO2.
Air Liquide and Siemens Energy are pooling their expertise :
As the demand for green hydrogen is expected to explode over the next few years, the two companies are signing a memorandum of understanding to pool their know-how in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology. This will enable them to carry out joint projects and develop a new generation of high-capacity electrolysers.
Air Liquide and Siemens Energy indicate that they have already identified opportunities for cooperation on several major projects in Europe. In France, this is notably the case for the H2V Normandy project. Supported by Air Liquide, it aims to deploy a 200 MW electrolyser. With a production capacity of 28,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year, it will be commissioned between 2022 and 2023.
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