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Tech & Science First control of hydrogen trains in France

10:10  08 april  2021
10:10  08 april  2021 Source:   lemonde.fr

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Twelve ter to hydrogen will circulate in four regions of the hexagon from 2023.

Le montant de cette commande s’élève à environ 190 millions d’euros. © supplied by the world The amount of this order amounts to about 190 million euros.

SNCF has formalized, Thursday, April 8, with the Alstom rail manufacturer, the first French order of hydrogen trains on behalf of four regions: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Grand East and Occitania. Partially unveiled on March 5 by the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, this order covers twelve trains (three by region), for a total amount of about 190 million euros, indicates the communiqué common in Alstom, at the SNCF and to the regions concerned.

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The first French hydrogen trains soon on the rails

the rowings (called "bimodes" because they can also connect on a catenary, when the channel is electrified) are composed of four cars boarding up to 218 passengers, at 160 kilometers / hour, with an autonomy of 400 to 600 kilometers. They will circulate from 2023 on regional lines whose electrification has not been completed (for example, Laroche-migennes-auxerre, in the Yonne) or intended to be reopened (Montréjeau-Bagnères-de-Luchon in high -Garonne), thus avoiding the use of diesel trains.

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Six of the fifteen French Alstom sites participate in the project, including Reichshoffen (Bas-Rhin) for design and assembly, and Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrenees), for the Hydrogen traction technology. This energy mode, in which a fuel cell manufactures electricity from a hydrogen tank and rejects water, arouses a strong craze for several months. The French hydrogen sector is supported by a state plan of 7.2 billion euros launched in September 2020.

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