Alstom and Snam have initialed agreement quinquennial to develop i hydrogen trains in Italygreen vehicles with absolutely non-polluting emissions, being hot water and water vapor. The agreement, after an initial phase dedicated to feasibility studies which will end in the autumn, has the aim of to carry out, at the beginning of 2021, railway mobility projects including both hydrogen powered trains and the technological infrastructure necessary for procurement, as well as vehicle management and maintenance services.
Alstom unveiled the world’s first fuel cell train in 2016, the Coradia iLint, active since September 2018 on a regional route in Germany. Under the Italian agreement, Alstom will take care of the supply and maintenance of the hydrogen trains, newly built or converted, while Snam will work on infrastructure development for production, transportation and refueling.
“With this initiative,” commented the CEO of Snam Marco Alverà, “we want to give a further contribution to the decarbonisation of transport and to the development of a hydrogen economy in Italy. Hydrogen produced from renewables will become competitive with fossil fuels in a few years and will play a central role in the energy transition, in particular in industry, heating and heavy transport “.
“It will be a pillar of the European Green New Deal and post-Covid re-investment investments. Snam is investing and innovating to make its network compatible with hydrogen, to encourage the development of new technologies and create an Italian supply chain because our country has the opportunity to be among the world leaders in the sector, reaping the environmental benefits and economic results of this climate leadership “, concludes Alverà.
“We believe in hydrogen and for this reason we have signed a partnership with Snam. Coradia iLint, the first hydrogen-powered train, is already in passenger service between the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehudehe in Germany. We hope that the train to hydrogen will soon become a reality in Italy too. Thanks to a partner like Snam we will be able to respond to the market by offering a complete solution “, said Michele Viale, president and CEO of Alstom Italy and Switzerland.