Alstom To Introduce Hydrogen Mobility For Rail In MENA Region

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Alstom has initiated several sustainable mobility solutions across the MENA region. The company is a global leader in rail transport and sustainable mobility.

The Coradia iLint is a perfect illustration of the commitment to designing and delivering innovative and environment-friendly solutions. This made Alstom the first company to developed and put into operation hydrogen trains. 

Railway applications are ideally suited for the use of hydrogen, as the quantities of hydrogen required are large, predictable, localized, and constant over a long period of time. It can cover ranges up to 1,000 kilometers. 

Through innovations in electric transport and hydrogen fuel, Alstom aims to shape the future of the region’s mass transit and mobility for the better. It remains dedicated to significantly reducing carbon footprint, and decarbonizing rail transport.

Mama Sougoufara, Managing Director Alstom Menat, said, “At Alstom, we are proud to be contributing to promoting the use of hydrogen as our aim is to position hydrogen as a strategic factor in the energy transition, as we are convinced it will bring about the change in road and rail transport – towards a clean and ultimately emission-free energy system.”

“The key advantage of the technology is that it is emissions-free when used to power a train (the only by-product is water) and is zero-emission throughout its full lifecycle if produced from renewable energy. The railway industry is already one of the cleanest sectors in the field of transport. As a dedicated and long-standing partner of the region’s transportation and mobility development, Alstom will continue to play an integral role in improving the environmental performance of rail across the region,” he said.

Supporting the UAE Vision 2021, the National Agenda focuses on improving the quality of air, preserving water resources, increasing the contribution of clean energy, and implementing green growth plans. 

The leadership inaugurated the Green Hydrogen Project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park –a first-of-its-kind project in the Mena region that aims to produce eco-friendly hydrogen using renewable energy.

The kingdom has committed to developing an additional 10,000 km of rail and metro by 2030 as a part of the National Renewable Energy Programme initiatives within the transport sector. Alstom continues its support of the kingdom’s economic growth and development, through the enhancement of infrastructure and the supply of sustainable solutions such as the Riyadh Metro. 

In September 2020, Saudi Arabia became the first country to export blue hydrogen for zero-carbon power generation and signed an agreement to develop and operate a $5 billion facility to supply green hydrogen to the world outlining the kingdom’s effort in implementing the circular carbon economy framework and supporting the global energy transition. 

Known as a global driver of innovation towards carbon neutrality in rail transport – Alstom places a huge focus on greener and smarter mobility solutions. Alstom has been the first company worldwide in 2018 to introduce a new regional train based on hydrogen fuel cells and batteries.

Alstom recently acquired Helion Hydrogen Power. It is a 100% subsidiary of Areva Energies Renouvelables, specialized in high-power fuel cells, thus complementing Alstom’s expertise in hydrogen technology.

Alstom is committed and accepts the responsibility to decarbonize mobility through transitioning from diesel trains to environment-friendly alternatives.

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