Alstom and PKN ORLEN have just inked a deal in Poland to install hydrogen trains and fueling facilities.
These hydrogen trains, as well as associated infrastructure, are expected to be operational in two years, in 2024, allowing Poland to cut CO2 emissions more quickly. Rail vehicles may potentially act as a catalyst for democratizing hydrogen use in the United States.
“Our business has been employing hydrogen in the rail transport industry for years,” stated Slawomir Cyza, Managing Director of Alstom in Poland. “We were the first in Poland to launch high-speed trains, and we’re excited to do the same with hydrogen trains.”
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Alstom will provide the hydrogen fuel cell-powered trains. The distribution, storage, and delivery of hydrogen to fuel these vehicles will be handled by PKN ORLEN.
“Hydrogen will be critical in the global energy transition,” says Józef Wegrecki, a member of PKN ORLEN’s operations management board. “This relationship with Alstom will enable us to build multiple hydrogen projects focusing on public rail transportation while also strengthening our presence in Poland and Central Europe,” says the company.