Ballard supplying fuel cells for train demonstration

By Jack Burke12 October 2021

Modular system designed for all types of passenger trains

Ballard Power Systems will provide eight of its 70 kW FCmove-HD fuel cell modules to Talgo S.A. for trials of its Talgo Vittal-One commuter and regional passenger train. Talgo plans to conduct their demonstration in early 2022 in Spain, with expected commercialization in 2023.

“Green hydrogen is no longer the future, it is a reality,” said Emilio Garcia, Talgo Innovation Director. “The implementation of hydrogen trains, such as the one Talgo is developing, will improve mobility and have a positive impact on the environment by replacing diesel technology. It will allow us to make the most of the non-electrified railways in many countries, while reducing the carbon footprint.

“The announcement earlier this year of EU policies to accelerate decarbonization further validate this key step in early adoption of hydrogen trains in order to achieve these greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Ballard to power Talgo fuel cell passenger train in European trial, ahead of planned 2023 launch.

The modular system being designed by Talgo is intended for installation on all types of passenger trains, as well as in upgrades or retrofits from diesel to hydrogen power. The system utilizes hydrogen and fuel cells for propulsion, complemented by batteries that assist the train from a standing start and take advantage of the braking system for recharging. The company believes hydrogen technology is an appropriate solution for heavy transport applications such as trains, where railway lines do not currently have catenary electrification systems and depend on diesel engines.

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