Spanish train manufacturer Talgo yesterday (19th Nov) said its hydrogen-powered train will be ready in 2023.
Called the Talgo Vittal-One, the train is powered by renewable energy sources which produce hydrogen that is stored and later used to power advanced propulsion systems based on fuel cells.
The system is complemented with batteries that increase the acceleration available in the starts, taking advantage of the braking of the train to recharge.
On-track hydrogen technology validation tests will be carried out in a first phase in 2021.
After validation, hydrogen technology will be installed on the new train in a second manufacturing phase that will take place between 2021 and 2023.
José María Oriol, CEO of Talgo, commented, “Green hydrogen is no longer the future, it is a reality. The start-up of hydrogen trains such as the one 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 the carbon footprint.”