Gruppo FS Italiane, Snam Partner to Promote Study in Hydrogen Rail Transport

With an aim to rapidly convert diesel trains into hydrogen in Italy, FS Italiane Group and Snam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility and consider new business models relating to the development of a hydrogen rail transport.

October 22, 2020. By Manu Tayal

With an aim to rapidly convert diesel trains into hydrogen in Italy, FS Italiane Group and Snam have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility and consider new business models relating to the development of a hydrogen rail transport.

The agreement was signed by the CEOs of Gruppo FS Italiane, Gianfranco Battisti, and Marco Alverà of Snam, and is aimed at implementing analyses and feasibility studies and developing joint projects on railway lines that can be converted to hydrogen on the national territory.

In particular, the two companies will set up a working group with the aim of assessing possible pilot projects involving the replacement of fossil fuels with hydrogen.

The companies will experiment with innovative technological solutions related to the production, transport, compression, storage, supply and utilization of hydrogen to contribute to the development of sustainable mobility, also by taking part in joint initiatives potentially object to financing or public tenders.

Commenting on the deal, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, said that “with this agreement, we are taking an important step in promoting a hydrogen value chain in Italy starting from sectors that are crucial for decarbonisation such as the transport of people and goods. Thanks to the collaboration between FS Italiane and Snam, we aim to create infrastructure to rapidly convert trains currently powered by diesel in Italy to hydrogen, thus gaining a technological leadership to be capitalized also at an international level.”

Thus, any development of the partnership will be disciplined by the signing of specific agreements between the parties.

“The agreement signed with Snam confirms the importance, for FS Italiane, of encouraging sustainable mobility, in line with the European Green New Deal. We continue to innovate and develop safe and ecological mobility solutions that will allow new generations to live in a more sustainable and competitive country, according to a model that increasingly places people at the center. Hydrogen rail transports are a fundamental innovation capable of increasing environmental sustainability for both freight and passengers’ transports on the remaining railway sections not yet electrified,” commented Gianfranco Battisti, CEO and General Manager of Gruppo FS Italiane.

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