Alstom and Air Products, a hydrogen producer and supplier, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the deployment of hydrogen solutions in rail, including the necessary infrastructure in the Czech Republic. The agreement supports the fulfillment of goals set by the European Green Deal, in particular the ‘Fit for 55’ package.
“Both parties will do everything in their power to accelerate the introduction of hydrogen in rail in the Czech Republic. Alstom is a pioneer in hydrogen rail mobility solutions and has much to offer in this area, from expertise to the trains themselves. With Air Products, we can also supply the necessary fuelling stations and build the hydrogen infrastructure in the country,“ Dan Kurucz, Managing Director of Alstom in the Czech Republic and Slovakia said.
The two companies will work together to introduce hydrogen solutions in rail, including hydrogen trains in the Czech Republic and to create a hydrogen network as one of the best solutions for non-electrified lines.
“We are honoured to be working with Alstom to deliver on our commitment to decarbonise transport in the Czech Republic with low-carbon hydrogen. We will use our expertise as the world’s largest hydrogen producer and are ready to invest in building hydrogen infrastructure to kick-start the use of low-carbon hydrogen in practice,” said Vlastimil Pavlíček, Business Development Director New Technologies, CE&CIS subregion Air Products.
In the Czech Republic Air Products operates in the field of production, supply and storage of technical gases and advanced technologies, including hydrogen and hydrogen filling stations. As part of its activities, Air Products also focuses on new ways of using hydrogen in the field of propulsion of all types of transport vehicles, including rail vehicles. Air Products also participated in the presentation of the Coradia iLint train in the Czech Republic, more specifically refilling the train with hydrogen from a mobile refuelling station.
Since 2018, when world’s first hydrogen train entered operation – in Germany, Alstom has demonstrated its product – Coradia iLint train – in Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland. The company has signed contracts to deliver hydrogen trains in Italy and France. In May 2022, Alstom has presented its Coradia iLint in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.