Alstom and Snam have signed a five-year agreement to replicate the German success of Coradia iLint in Italy. The design phase will begin in 2021.
The French group will supply and maintain the hydrogen trains.
After deployment in Germany and the Netherlands, Alstom’s hydrogen trains will also reach Italian tracks.
The agreement signed with Snam, storage and regasification of methane. The agreement supports the first feasibility studies which will be completed in the fall of 2020. However, from next year, they will enter the design phase dedicated to both the production of new fuel cell trains and supply infrastructure.
With this initiative, we want to contribute even more to the decarbonisation of transport and the development of a hydrogen economy in Italy.
Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam.
Already in the spring of 2019, Snam inaugurated in Contursi Terme, in the province of Salerno, the first project to inject mixed hydrogen and methane into the network.
The company has created a new business unit dedicated to the sector, with the mission of evaluating possible pilot projects and contributing to the development of the supply chain.
Under this agreement, Snam will work on the development of the production, transportation and fueling infrastructure; Alstom, on the other hand, will be responsible for the supply and maintenance of new or converted hydrogen trains.
The French industrial group can count on the success of the German project. In Germany, its Coradia iLint hydrogen train has been in service for a year and a half on a regional line. Built specifically for use on non-electrified lines, the train provides clean, quiet and durable traction without sacrificing performance. It has a range of around 1,000 kilometers, the same as that of several diesel-powered units of equivalent size.
We believe in hydrogen and that is why we have signed a partnership with Snam. Coradia iLint is already in passenger service between the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehudehe in Germany. We hope that hydrogen trains will soon become a reality in Italy as well.
Michele Viale, Chairman and CEO of Alstom Italy and Switzerland.