CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero GIUGNO 2020
ALSTOM AND SNAM PARTNER TO INTRODUCE HYDROGEN TRAINS IN ITALY
Following a feasibility study due to be completed in the autumn,
the companies will launch a project by the start of 2021 to develop
hydrogen-powered trains and the associated infrastructure, along
with management and maintenance services.
"ALSTOM has signed a five-year agreement with energy
infrastructure company Snam to develop hydrogen trains in Italy."
As part of the agreement, Alstom will manufacture and maintain
either newly-built or converted hydrogen trains, while Snam will
develop the infrastructure required for hydrogen production,
transport and refuelling.
The cooperation stems from both companies commitment to develop
Alstom launched the Coradia iLint in September 2018, the world's
first hydrogen-powered passenger train in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Snam is one of the first companies in the world to experiment with a
10% hydrogen injection into the natural gas transport network. The
natural gas supplier was originally a subsidiary of Italian energy
company Eni, but became a public company listed on the Italian Stock
Exchange in 2001.
"This move is a further contribution to the decarbonisation
of transport and to the development of hydrogen economy in Italy,"
says Snam CEO, Mr Marco Alverà. "Hydrogen produced from
renewables will become competitive with fossil fuels in a few years
and will play a key role in the energy transition, particularly in
industry, heating and heavy transport. It will be a pillar of the
European Green New Deal and post-Covid investments.
"Snam is investing and innovating to make its network
compatible with hydrogen, to encourage the development of new
technologies and create an Italian supply chain. Our country has the
opportunity to be among the world leaders in the sector, reaping the
environmental and economic benefits of this climate leadership."
"We believe in hydrogen," says Mr Michele Viale,
managing director of Alstom Italy and Switzerland. "This is the
reason why we have signed a partnership with Snam. We hope that
Coradia iLint hydrogen trains will soon become a reality in Italy,
too. Thanks to a partner like Snam we will be able to respond to the
market by offering a full-fledged solution."
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