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Alstom, a global leader in rail transport and sustainable mobility, is credited with pioneering various sustainable mobility solutions throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The Coradia iLint exemplifies Alstom’s dedication to developing and delivering innovative and environmentally friendly solutions, which has resulted in Alstom being the first firm to create and operate hydrogren trains.

Developing a hydrogen-powered train is the most vivid example, in addition to offering a diverse range of sustainable solutions tailored to customers’ unique difficulties and local characteristics.

Railway applications are excellent for hydrogen utilization because the quantities of hydrogen required are enormous, predictable, localized, and steady across time. It is capable of covering distances of up to 1,000 kilometers.

Alstom’s goal is to improve the region’s mass transportation and mobility in the future through advances in electric transport and hydrogen fuel. It is committed to considerably cutting emissions, reducing land use and carbon footprint, and decarbonizing rail transport in the process.

“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,” says Mama Sougoufara, Managing Director Alstom Menat. 

Governments around the region are making significant gains toward decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and decarbonizing transportation.

The National Agenda, which is aligned with the UAE Vision 2021, focuses on improving air quality, conserving water resources, boosting the contribution of clean energy, and adopting green growth strategies.

As part of Dubai’s commitment to a green economy transition, the leadership launched the Green Hydrogen Project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park — a first-of-its-kind project in the Mena area that intends to manufacture eco-friendly hydrogen using renewable energy.

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 aspires to transition its economy away from oil dependence by establishing a series of projects and efforts to promote clean, inexpensive energy.

The monarchy has promised to expanding its rail and metro networks by 10,000 kilometers by 2030 as part of its National Renewable Energy Program plans in the transportation sector.

Alstom’s entire concentration is on transportation and mobility, and the company will continue to help the kingdom’s economic growth and development by improving infrastructure and supplying sustainable solutions such as the Riyadh Metro.

Saudi Arabia became the first country to export blue hydrogen for zero-carbon power generation in September 2020, when it signed a $5 billion agreement to develop and operate a $5 billion facility to supply green hydrogen to the world, highlighting the kingdom’s efforts to implement the circular carbon economy framework and support the global energy transition.

Alstom – well recognized as a global leader in innovation toward carbon neutrality in rail transport – places a premium on greener and more intelligent mobility solutions. Alstom was the first business to develop a new regional train powered by hydrogen fuel cells and batteries in 2018. Alstom just acquired Helion Hydrogen Power.

This innovative, forward-thinking firm, which is a 100 percent subsidiary of Areva Energies Renouvelables, specializes in high-power fuel cells, complementing Alstom’s experience in hydrogen technology.

Alstom recognizes its responsibility to further decarbonize mobility and is committed to assisting clients in making this significant shift by providing efficient alternatives to diesel trains.

Nedim Husomanovic

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