Alstom and MOL to explore hydrogen in Hungary rail sector
As part of its National Hydrogen Strategy, Hungary has been investigating the feasibility of introducing hydrogen technology to rail transportation.
Alstom and MOL (Hungary’s leading oil and gas company) have signed an MoU to cooperate in using hydrogen technology in rail transportation to decarbonise Hungary’s rail transport network.
MOL Group produces and utilises almost 150k tonnes/year of hydrogen. Building on its business and technological competencies, the company is keen on supplying green alternative fuels.
MOL is the largest fuel supplier to the Hungarian rail industry, and the cooperation will allow it to explore the potential of hydrogen supply and related infrastructure development in rail transport.
Gaspar Balazs, MD and CEO of Alstom in Hungary, said, “With this MoU, we aim to share our experience in hydrogen technology and help Hungary to begin a new chapter in its rail transportation: the era of net zero.”
Gabriel Szabó, MD of MOL Group Downstream, commented, “The time has come to produce hydrogen with lower carbon intensity in line with the regulatory environment and consumer expectations, and to also leverage our knowledge in the field of mobility.”
Alstom’s hydrogen train Coradia iLint is an emission-free alternative for non-electrified routes. These trains are effectively electric trains with a hydrogen-powered fuel cell for onboard electricity generation. The Coradia iLint train has also won the 2022 German Sustainability Design Award.