FuelCell – Italian operator orders hydrogen gasoline cell trains | Information
ITALY: Alstom is to provide Ferrovie Nord Milano with six hydrogen gasoline cell multiple-units to be used by the Lombardia regional operator’s Ferrovienord subsidiary on the non-electrified Brescia – Iseo – Edolo line from 2023.
The settlement introduced on November 26 contains an choice for eight extra trains which might take the whole value of the order to €160m.
Supposed to switch getting old Fiat Aln668 diesel multiple-units which have been in used on the 103 km route for the reason that early 1990s, the FNM hydrogen trains will likely be primarily based on Alstom’s Coradia Stream household of Italian regional trains. They may use the identical gasoline cell expertise because the Coradia iLint items which have been ordered by two regional authorities in Germany.
Undertaking improvement, manufacturing and certification will likely be undertaken at Alstom’s Savigliano website, with on-board signalling methods to be provided from Bologna.
Alstom stated the items would ‘maintain the high standards of comfort already appreciated by passengers’ on Coradia Stream EMUs, that are branded Donizetti by FNM’s Trenord three way partnership with Trenitalia, and would match the operational efficiency of DMUs.
‘We are immensely proud to be introducing hydrogen train technology to Italy’, stated Gian Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice-President of Alstom Europe. ‘These trains, together with the Coradia iLint trains that have already proven themselves in commercial service in Germany, represent another major step in the transition towards global sustainable transport systems.’
FNM Group President Andrea Gibelli stated the H2iseO undertaking was ‘an important part of a broader strategy’ to develop an built-in portfolio of transport companies that are each economically and environmentally sustainable.
FNM plans to construct a hydrogen manufacturing and fuelling level at its Iseo depot in 2021-23. This is able to initially use steam methane reforming, however one or two additional crops which might produce ‘green hydrogen’ utilizing renewable vitality are deliberate by 2025. The ability might additionally provide FNMAutoservizi buses and presumably additionally logistics firms.