Italy’s biggest utility Enel, through its renewable energy subsidiary Enel Green Power, and Italian public transport company FNM have inked a deal to develop green hydrogen solutions for railway transport in Lombardy, northern Italy.
The two companies will form a joint working group and support the goals of the H2lseO project and create a “Hydrogen Valley” in Lombardy, particularly in Sebino and Valcamonica.
H2lseO aims to buy new hydrogen-powered trains to run on the non-electrified Brescia-Iseo-Edolo line, managed by Ferrovienord, a 100%-owned FNM company, replacing the current diesel-powered trains, and to construct hydrogen production facilities powered by renewable energy, initially intended for the new trains.
“Thanks to this memorandum of understanding, the Enel Group’s commitment to promote the development of green hydrogen is directed at the non-electrified rail transport sector for the first time,” said Enel Green Power CEO Salvatore Bernabei.
“We are constantly seeking to build partnerships to identify the best applications for green hydrogen and thereby contribute to the decarbonisation process of our economies.”
FNM Chairman Andrea Gibelli said, “The initiative for the creation of Italy’s first Hydrogen Valley looks to the future and is part of a wider plan that aims to create mobility services developed according to environmental, economic and social sustainability criteria.”
“In the H2IseO project, we also plan to extend the hydrogen solution to road transport by 2025, starting from the approximately 40 vehicles managed in Valle Camonica by FNMAutoservizi (a 100% FNM company).”
“Sebino and Valle Camonica have the right conditions for the use of hydrogen, with the involvement of the whole territory, in a supply chain and circular economy logic.”