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Russia Plans to Produce Trains Powered by Hydrogen

By November 9, 2019

November 9, 2019

VLADIVOSTOK, RIA News–Transmashholding Group (TMH) together with Rosatom plan to produce hydrogen fuel trains in Russia, and Russian Railways is considering Sakhalin Island as a pilot training ground for their launch, the railway company reports.

An agreement on cooperation and interaction on the project of organizing railway communication using trains using hydrogen fuel cells was signed during the V Eastern Economic Forum, the RIA Novosti correspondent reports from the ceremony. The signatures were put by Oleg Belozerov, General Director of the Sakhalin Region, Valery Limarenko, Rosatom General Director Alexei Likhachev, TMX General Director Kirill Lipa.

“Transmashholding JSC, in cooperation with Rosatom, plans to organize the production of trains on hydrogen fuel cells. Russian Railways considers this project as an important promising area for improving environmental safety and railway efficiency,” the Russian Railways said in a statement.

It is noted that the transition to the use of hydrogen fuel cell trains and systems for ensuring their operation on railways, including the production of hydrogen and fuel cells, transportation, storage and refueling with hydrogen, requires a preliminary feasibility study, calculation of the life cycle cost, and comprehensive tests, confirmation of compliance with safety requirements and controlled operation.

“The infrastructure of Sakhalin Island could become a pilot training ground for developing the organization of railway communication using trains using hydrogen fuel cells and systems for ensuring their operation, as well as creating a center of competence in this area and cooperation with potential foreign partners,” the message added.
Transmashholding JSC is planning to organize the production of trains on hydrogen fuel cells. Rosatom state corporations in the project have been assigned the role of a potential hydrogen supplier, due to competencies in the field of hydrogen production using the capacities of Russian nuclear power plants. In addition, the existing technological reserve of nuclear research and production organizations industry allows us to consider Rosatom state corporation as a possible supplier of fuel cells and other key equipment of the project, ” in the message of Rosatom.
The Fifth Eastern Economic Forum takes place in Vladivostok on September 4-6. MIA “Russia Today” acts as the general information partner of the WEF.
Source: RIA News
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