Talgo will commission the first Vittal-One hydrogen train by 2023

Spanish train manufacturer Talgo will commission the first hydrogen train Vittal-One by 2023, according to a schedule announced on November 19, as railway magazine «Railway Supply» reports referring  RailJournal.

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Picture: Talgo

According to the timetable presented at the hydrogen technology conference organized by the Spanish Ministry of Environmental Transformations and Demographic Challenges (Miteco), Talgo will carry out validation tests of a hydrogen-powered power plant in early 2021 before installation on a new train, the second phase of the project will start from 2021 to 2023 year.

“Green hydrogen is no longer the future, it is reality. The launch of hydrogen trains such as the one  that Talgo is developing will improve mobility in our country hand-in-hand with the environment, as it will make it possible to take advantage of the non-electrified Spanish lines, while reducing CO2 emissions, ”says Talgo CEO José Maria Oriol

Talgo unveiled the propulsion system on September 16 at the First Hydrogen Conference for the Socioeconomic Development of the Iberian Southwest (SOI H2) in Don Benito, Badajoz. The system uses hydrogen fuel cells to power the train’s traction motors, supported by auxiliary batteries designed to accelerate the train, which are recharged by regenerative braking.

Spanish manufacturer says that in addition to being equipped in future generations of Vittal trains, the modular system is designed to be easily fitted to a range of other rail vehicles, including the conversion of diesel vehicles to hydrogen.

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