A new hydrogen-powered train is set to hit markets in 2023, with demonstrations scheduled to start just next year.
Passenger train manufacturer Talgo is behind the innovation, and today (Oct 12), the company inked a brand-new deal which will see Ballard Power Systems for eight 70-kilowatt FCmoveTM-HD fuel cell modules.
With Ballard’s fuel cell innovations already set to power a number of other hydrogen trains, including Scotland’s first hydrogen-powered train that will be unveiled next month at COP26, Talgo is confident with its supplier choice.
On the announcement, Emilio Garcia, Talgo Innovation Director, said, “Green hydrogen is no longer the future, it is a reality. The implementation of hydrogen trains, such as the one Talgo is developing, will improve mobility and have a positive impact on the environment by replacing diesel technology.
“It will allow us to make the most of the non-electrified railways in many countries, while reducing the carbon footprint. The announcement earlier this year of EU policies to accelerate decarbonisation further validate this key step in early adoption of hydrogen trains in order to achieve these greenhouse gas reduction goals.”
Oben Uluc, Ballard Director of Sales for EMEA and India, added, “We are excited to be working with Talgo through the testing phases of its Talgo Vittal-One train. This relationship is another sign of the growing momentum in deployment of zero-emission fuel cell propulsion solutions in the rail industry across numerous geographies. Fuel cell systems enable conventional rail networks to realise the benefits of electrification without the cost and infrastructure challenges of overhead catenary wiring.”
US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power
What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?
North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.
What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.
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