Alstom (a leading railway transportation company) and Plastic Omnium (a hydrogen mobility company) will collaborate to develop high-end hydrogen storage systems for the railway sector.
Under the MoU, both partners will share their expertise by setting up a dedicated team that would manage the technical and commercial development of innovative and competitive hydrogen onboard storage solutions for the railway market. This will enable the two partners to launch hydrogen storage solutions for regional trains in France and Italy, starting in 2022.
Plastic Omnium will offer its expertise in hydrogen storage solutions, and Alstom will contribute its knowledge of hydrogen trains.
Thierry Best, CCO at Alstom, said, “The emergence of a strong hydrogen ecosystem is of critical importance for driving the development of hydrogen rail as a zero-emissions alternative for regional rail.”
Christian Kopp, CEO of Plastic Omnium Clean Energy Systems division, commented, “Our partnership with Alstom aims to develop high-performance hydrogen solutions capable of tackling the sustainability challenges facing railway transportation.”
Plastic Omnium has been deepening its commitment to hydrogen-powered electric vehicles by presenting complete systems that integrate a fuel tank and a fuel cell with a power output of up to 200 kW. Early this month, Korea’s automaker Hyundai Motor Company has selected Plastic Omnium to equip its new Multi-Purpose Vehicle Staria with hydrogen storage systems.