Italy’s Apennine railway to be converted to hydrogen

Italy’s historic Apennine diesel railway is being upgraded to serve hydrogen trains as the region looks to aid economic growth.

AECOM today (September 22) said it has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iberdrola, Cinque International and Ancitel Energy and Environment for the conversion that will consist of four project stages.

For the first project, the group will upgrade 300km of the Apennine line in a conversion that will see one of Italy’s first hydrogen railways come to life. The part of the track in focus here connects a number of inland areas through four central regions.

Secondly, focus will turn on a new rail line powered by green hydrogen linking Rome to Ascoli Piceno, a province in the Marche region. The third project will be assess the potential for diffused green hydrogen manufacturing activity in the region.

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