Emission-free hydrogen-powered trains driving around in Poland can be reality in just 2 years!
Alstom’s first hydrogen vehicles, refuelled with hydrogen from PKN Orlen, have a chance to go to regional lines within two years, the companies say.
Hydrogen-powered trains in Poland
Pursuant to the concluded agreement, Alstom will cooperate with PKN Orlen by participating in proceedings organised by public rail transport operators. Alstom will be responsible for the supply of zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell trains.
In turn, PKN Orlen will be responsible for the distribution, storage and delivery of hydrogen fuel for these trains.
“Establishing cooperation with Alstom will enable us to implement pilot hydrogen projects in public rail transport” says Józef Węgrecki, member of the PKN Orlen management board for operational matters.
“By 2030, we intend to allocate approximately PLN 7.5 billion for investments, thanks to which nearly half of the hydrogen produced by the Orlen Group will be low- and zero-emission. This, in turn, will translate into a reduction of 1.6 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions” added the president of Orlen, Daniel Obajtek.
Cooperation with PKN Orlen
In turn, the vice president and director of sales and business development of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States, Artur Fryczkowski, says:
“Alstom is a pioneer in the development of hydrogen technologies in rail transport. In 2018, we were the first manufacturer in the world to put the Coradia iLint hydrogen train into commercial use. Cooperation with PKN Orlen will allow us to more effectively implement the ambition of a technological leader in rail transport, as well as the ambition of Poland as one of the key countries where hydrogen technologies are developed and implemented.”