Hydrogenics and Alstom Transport to develop and commercialize H2 fuel-cell commuter trains in Europe; €50M, 10-year agreement
Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of hydrogen generation and hydrogen-based power modules, signed a 10-year exclusive agreement to supply Alstom Transport with hydrogen fuel cell systems for Regional Commuter Trains in Europe. Alstom Transport is a unit of Alstom, a France-based global leader in power generation, transmission and rail infrastructure with sales of €6.2 billion.
The agreement, valued at more than €50 million, includes the supply of at least 200 engine systems along with service and maintenance as necessary over a 10-year period. The fuel cell systems, based on Hydrogenics’s Heavy-Duty HD series fuel cells, will be developed to meet European train compliance regulations. The first units are expected to be delivered in 2016 following prototype work slated for late 2015.
Hydrogenics offers a range of fuel cell systems for heavy-duty transportation applications. Celerity and CelerityPlus are optimally designed and configured for vehicles requiring a standard engine bay installation. Celerity requires minimal drivetrain engineering while CelerityPlus offers the industry’s first drop-in solution. The HD90 and HD180 fuel cells, on the other hand, are suited for vehicles with an existing electric drive platform (certified to European Directives).
The HD Series units feature a liquid-cooled MEA (membrane electrode assembly) PEM stack; an integral fully integrated BOP (balance-of-plant); lower voltage/higher current; and low temperature start/shutdown. The power module does not require onboard water for humidification.
Rated electrical power for the HD180 is 198 kW continuous; peak efficiency—based on the LHV of H2, 25 °C, 101.3 kPa, including onboard parasitic loads, excluding radiator fan and water pump—is 55%.
The selection by Alstom Transport of our technology platform is a strong validation of our team and our products as the best fit for heavy duty propulsion applications. Our proprietary, innovative technology allows our systems to operate at best-in-class efficiencies, without humidification or compressor systems, thus providing a compelling value proposition for our customers. Hydrogenics’ experience in the supply of large, reliable propulsion systems for challenging applications was an important consideration in Alstom’s decision.—Joseph Cargnelli, CTO and co-founder of Hydrogenics
A promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom Transport develops and markets the most complete range of systems, equipment and services in the railway sector. Alstom Transport manages entire transport systems, including trains, signaling, maintenance and modernization, infrastructure and offers integrated solutions.