Hydrogen trains could be on way to Italy after firms seal agreement

Hydrogen trains could be on way to Italy after firms seal agreement

This image, from February 2019, shows one of Alstom's hydrogen fuel cell train leaving Rottenbach station in Germany.Michael Reichel | picture allia

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This image, from February 2019, shows one of Alstom’s hydrogen fuel cell train leaving Rottenbach station in Germany.

Michael Reichel | picture alliance | Getty Images

Transport manufacturer Alstom and energy infrastructure firm Snam are to collaborate on the development of hydrogen trains in Italy, the latest example of work being undertaken to integrate the technology into mass-transit systems.

In an announcement Thursday the firms said that the agreement between them, which is set to last five years, would see French company Alstom “manufacture and maintain newly built or converted hydrogen trains.”

Snam, which is headquartered in San Donato Milanese, Italy, will focus on the development of infrastructure related to refueling, transport and production.

“We believe in hydrogen,” Michele Viale, who is managing director of Alstom Italy and Switzerland, said in a statement. “This is the reason why we have signed a partnership with Snam,” Viale added.

“Coradia iLint, the first hydrogen powered train, is already in passenger service between the towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehudehe in Germany.”

The Coradia iLint referenced by Viale entered…



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