Hydrogen trains for the SNCF

SNCF’s first hydrogen trains should be running on its lines by the end of 2023! The company has placed an order for twelve trainsets from Alstom, a contract worth 190 million euros.

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Alstom will supply the SNCF with twelve dual-mode propulsion trains: electric traction under the catenaries, hydrogen traction on non-electrified lines. The first trains will be tested at the end of 2023 in four regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand Est and Occitanie. Each of them will receive three oars.

These 12 hydrogen trains will run at the end of 2023

These 72-meter-long trainsets will have four cars and 218 seats. They will offer performance and comfort similar to dual-mode electric / diesel trains, the statement said. Hydrogen propulsion is provided by a fuel cell installed under the roof of the train. This mixes the hydrogen with the oxygen in the ambient air to produce the electricity necessary for the train.

Alstom, which has developed this technology, has been testing it since 2018 in Germany, obviously with success since it is of interest to SNCF. The carrier has the ambition to get rid of its diesel trains by 2035: a bet, when we consider that the SNCF has 1,100 diesel TER. Hydrogen, which only releases water vapor that is harmless to the environment, is ” an additional step towards zero emissions in public rail transport », Explains Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF Voyageurs.

This contract is also good news for Alstom, which thus validates the value of its solution. The French industrial group already has 41 orders for its hydrogen trains, a success that should gain momentum as the large rail companies seek diesel substitutes.

Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.

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