Complete decarbonization of Europe by 2050 through hydrogen technologies

The Alstom event was broadcast live with Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen train delivered to Germany and has already traveled 200,000 kilometers with passengers on board. This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply with reference to Nakolei Pl.

Complete decarbonization of Europe by 2050 through hydrogen technologies
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Alstom’s webinar “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology on Rail: Embracing the Future” was hosted on April 21, 2021. The topic of the experience, solutions and ambitions of the company in the field of hydrogen in Europe was discussed. The event was organized by Müslüm Yakisan, President of Alstom, DACH Region.

Carmen Schwabl, CEO of LNVG, presented the operation of hydrogen trains in public transport in Lower Saxony during a webinar. Passengers and railways have a positive view of Alstom’s Coradia iLint trains. Trains are 50% quieter than PCS. At the moment, the installation has proven itself to be 100% trouble-free.

«Railway Supply» magazine №2-2020

The CEO of LNVG also presented the reasons why hydrogen is the right solution. Among other things, the financial aspect is important – the operation of hydrogen trains should be more economical (calculated for the entire period of operation) than the operation of diesel trains. In addition, EVB’s CO2 emissions will initially be cut by 40 percent and ultimately up to 95 percent.

It is planned that by 2022 there will be 14 hydrogen trains on German railways. The first Coradia iLint hydrogen trains have already covered 200,000 kilometers with passengers.

Among those who tested the hydrogen trains was also Austria. Mark Topal Goekceli, Technical Director of the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB), shared their experience. The tests of the hydrogen train were successful without any problems.

The interest of our clients was very high. “It was a great project and we had a lot of positive experiences,” said Mark Topal Goekceli, Technical Director of the Austrian Federal Railways (OBB).

The OBB CTO stressed that Europe’s goal is to completely decarbonize it by 2050. However, he drew attention to the issue of realizing ambitions – in order to achieve decarbonization, the role of infrastructure is extremely important.

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