Latvian Dual-Fuel Locomotive Project Stimulates French Inspection

| Latvia: Riga | Source: DiGAS

DiGAS dual fuel for railLate last month, GRDF –one of the largest natural gas distributors in the European Union– visited Riga, Latvia’s capital city, together with representatives of the French city of Lille, to familiarize themselves with the dual-fuel gas operation of a converted diesel locomotive. The Latvian project is the work of National railway LDz (Latvijas Dzelzceļš) and Riga-based DiGAS. Read more »

Italy’s Tourism Rail Migrating to Methane

| Italy: Rome | Source: Snam

FS Italiene trainFerrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA (FS Italiane), Snam and Hitachi Rail Italy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to convert part of the current FS Italiane train fleet from diesel to methane. The decision contributes to sustainable mobility developments in Italy and will enhance enjoyment of the country’s green tourism sector. Read more »

CoreLNGas Reports on LNG Locomotive at Port of Tarragona

| Spain: Tarragona | Source: Port of Tarragona

Adif 310 locomotiveThe Port of Tarragona, as a member of the CORE LNGas hive project, has developed the LNG-fuelled port Locomotive project that paves the way for the introduction of LNG as a more sustainable alternative to current diesel technology. CORE LNGas hive aims at supporting the deployment of LNG infrastructure for Spain’s maritime transport and port operations. Read more »

Enagás-coordinated LNGHIVE2 Project Receives EC Funding

| Spain: Madrid | Source: Enagás
Huelva LNG regasification plant

Huelva LNG regasification plant

The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a fuel for maritime and rail transport will receive a boost in Spain thanks to funding approved by the European Commission ‘Connecting Europe Facility’ (CEF). LNGHIVE2: Infrastructure and Logistics Solutions is a project coordinated by Enagás, developer and operator of gas infrastructure. Read more »

Alstom’s Hydrogen Trains Commence Passenger Service in Germany

| Germany: Bremervörde | Source: Alstom

Coradia_ilint_r._frampe-alstom_toyota_salzgitterSaint-Ouen-based Alstom, one of Europe’s largest railway manufacturers which has a focus on sustainable mobility, has celebrated the arrival of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train entering into service in Germany. The world premiere, in Bremervörde, in Lower Saxony, took place in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Transport of Lower Saxony, the Federal Ministry of Transport and the transport authorities of LNVG and EVB. Read more »

Indian Railways Expands Natural Gas Applications

| India: New Delhi

India Ministry Railways and GAIL sign MoUIndian Railways and GAIL (India) Limited have together taken a significant step towards expanding usage of natural gas as an environment-friendly fuel across all Indian Railways applications. The decision is complementary to the current determination by the Ministry of Railways to reduce use of diesel fuel and increase energy/fuel efficiency in its operation system, including conversions of Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) to natural gas. Read more »

Germany Approves Coradia iLint Hydrogen Train for Commercial Operation

| France: Saint-Ouen

Alstom's Coradia iLintFrench multinational rail transport company Alstom’s Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train, has been granted approval by the German Railway Office (EBA) for passenger service in Germany. On 11 July, Gerald Hörster, President of EBA, presented Alstom with the certificate of homologation at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Berlin. Read more »

Sinara to Supply 24 LNG-Powered Locomotives to Gazprom

| Russia
STM Shunting Locomotive

STM Shunting Locomotive

Gazprom and Sinara-Transport Machines (STM) have entered into a contract whereby Gazpromtrans (a subsidiary of PJSC Gazprom) will acquire 24 shunting locomotives powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). The contract was signed by Vyacheslav Tyurin, Director General of Gazpromtrans, and Viktor Lesh, Director General of Sinara-Transport Machines and STM Trading House, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2018.  Read more »

Alstom’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train Wins 2018 GreenTec Mobility Award

| France: Saint-Ouen

Alstom Coradia iLint H2 Train wins awardAlstom’s Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell powered regional train, has won the GreenTec Award 2018 in the category Mobility by Schaeffler. Alstom was officially presented with the award at its largest production site, located in Salzgitter, Germany, during an advance award ceremony ahead of the GreenTec Awards gala to be held in Munich on May 13th. Read more »

Update from Indian Railways re CNG Conversions

| India, Delhi
IROAF CNG DEMU

IROAF CNG-converted DEMU

During question time in India’s Rajya Sabha (Council of States), it was made clear by the Ministry of Railways that progress is being made to reduce use of diesel fuel and increase energy/fuel efficiency in its operation system. Representatives were updated on conversions of Diesel Electric Multiple Units (DEMU) to natural gas. Read more »