Repsol, Talgo to promote hydrogen-powered trains for the Iberian Peninsula
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Repsol, Talgo to promote hydrogen-powered trains for the Iberian Peninsula

Repsol and Talgo will jointly develop projects to support the creation of renewable hydrogen-powered trains as well as promote emission-free rail transport in the Iberian Peninsula.

Revealed today (July 19), the agreement will see Talgo develop its hydrogen-powered train with Repsol offering its renewable hydrogen production infrastructure and logistical means to supply the rail network.

This collaboration will additionally support one objective set by the Spanish Government in its hydrogen roadmap – having two lines of hydrogen-powered commercial trains by 2030.

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Talgo is developing hydrogen-powered trains to support the decarbonisation of railway lines, especially those of the secondary network that currently have not been electrified.

To this end, the group is developing its Vittal One train, a modular solution for medium-distance and commuter trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

The company is also planning to put on track next November a first train that will allow demonstrating and validating the concept in conditions similar to those of commercial operation.

The Vittal One renewable hydrogen-powered train uses electric motors that obtain energy thanks to hydrogen cells, which turn this fuel into an electric current.

This type of train can run on non-electrified tracks and without the need to install a catenary or make any other type of modifications.

It also benefits in particular those regions connected to secondary rail lines that have not yet been electrified, by allowing a quick and easy implementation of decarbonised mobility.

Repsol will use organic waste to generate biogas at its industrial centres, which will be used to produce renewable hydrogen.

It announced the installation of two electrolysers with a capacity of 100MW in Cartagena and Petronor that will supply its complexes with renewable hydrogen.

In addition to this, the multi-energy company fosters and promotes large ecosystems across the hydrogen value chain, where supply and demand are adjusted, and technological development, investment, and public-private sector collaboration come together.

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