Ferrovie Nord Milono will operate Italy’s first hydrogen trains
Railway operator Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) has come to an agreement with Alstom for the delivery of six hydrogen trains. These trains will run on the Brescia-Iseo-Edolo line in Lombardy, in the north of Italy. The vehicles which will replace the current diesel trains that have been in service since the early 1990s. FNM will invest 160 million euros in the hydrogen trains.
The Coradia Stream model will be produced for the Italian market and is manufactured in Savigliano, Italy. “We are immensely proud to be introducing hydrogen train technology to Italy. This development confirms Alstom’s role in defining the future of mobility,” says Gian Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice President of Alstom Europe. “These trains, together with the Coradia iLint that have already proven themselves in commercial service in Germany, represent another major step in the transition towards global sustainable transport systems.”
FNM’s hydrogen-powered trains will be equipped with fuel cell propulsion technology, which was first used on the Coradia iLint. As the Coradia Stream will be using the same technology it will be setting standards of comfort as it’s electric version and match performance of diesel trains. Like the Coradia iLint, it will produce electrical power for traction delivering zero-emission. Additionally, there will be a low level of noise due to the exhaust emitting only steam and condensed water.
Its innovate design is a combination of producing clean energy, flexible energy storage in batteries and smart management of traction power. It will be operating on non-electrified lines keeping to sustainability, high level performance and reaching 140 kilometres per hour on 600 to 800 kilometres in distance.