ENGIE has successfully refuelled a hydrogen passenger train in the Northern Netherlands as part of a pilot test.
Working in partnership with Alstom, Arriva, ProRail and DEKRA, ENGIE successfully refuelled the Coradia iLint train six times.
The train tests without passengers were conducted on the 55-km railway between Leeuwarden and Groningen, at up to 140km per hour.
During the test, ENGIE supplied renewable hydrogen and operated the mobile refuelling station.
Energystock, affiliate of Gasunie, a gas transport and storage infrastructure company, provided their conversion services to make renewable hydrogen available.
The pilot test is the first step to scaling up. Hydrogen trains could be introduced in the Netherlands as early as 2024.
ENGIE and Alstom will continue to collaborate to develop renewable hydrogen trains in the Netherlands.
“This pioneering project embodies our vision that renewable hydrogen is the missing link to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon world,” said Michèle Azalbert, CEO of ENGIE’s Hydrogen Business Unit.
“With this experience in the railway environment in the Netherlands, ENGIE reinforces its leading position in the development of industrial-scale renewable hydrogen solutions.”
“The success of this pilot test enables us to scale up the solution to support the Northern Netherlands local governments’ zero-emission goal for public transport, and further expand the solution to other countries and regions where hydrogen trains are being deployed, such as France.”