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 »

Peaker Services Acquires HHP Natural Gas Conversion Company ECI

| USA: Brighton MI

Peaker Services - ECIU.S. engineering company Peaker Services, Inc. (PSI), based in Brighton, Michigan, has completed the acquisition of Energy Conversions, Inc. (ECI) of Tacoma, WA. For over 30 years, ECI has been continually focused on the development and application of natural gas conversion kits for high horsepower (HHP) diesel engine applications. Read more »

Hydrogen-Powered Train Technology Feasible says Ontario Study

| Canada, Toronto ON

GO Transit Network OntarioThe Canadian province of Ontario is taking the next steps in exploring the potential of hydrail as an alternative to conventional electric trains, as Ontario transforms the GO network into a rapid-transit system that will provide faster and more frequent service for commuters and families. Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, has released the province’s Hydrogen Rail (Hydrail) Feasibility Study. Read more »

India’s Natural Gas Fuelled Transport Sector Poised for Growth in 2018

| India, Delhi

Mahanagar Gas CNG StationContinuing the theme of the ‘Gas4India’ campaign launched in 2016 by Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, which aimed to move India towards a gas-based economy, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a 2017 Year End Review that reiterates its intentions for natural gas fuel. Read more »

Russian Railways to Build New LNG Fuelled Locomotives

| Russia, Sochi

Main-line gas turbine locomotive Russian RailwaysIn accordance with the Implementation Program, signed under the Agreement of Cooperation in the NGV sector at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, Russian Railways plans to increase the fleet of mainline gas turbine locomotives and gas turbine shunters powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 3 to 22 units by 2023. The locomotives will operate on the Sverdlovsk Railway. Read more »

Alstom’s Hydrogen Train Recognised in Europe 1 Mobility Awards

| France, Saint-Ouen

Alstom Coradia iLint H2 Train test in GermanyAlstom, a French engineering company focused on sustainable mobility, has been awarded the Mobility Trophy for Coradia iLint, its hydrogen train, in the context of the French leading radio Europe 1 Trophies of the Future. It is the world’s first low-floor passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. Read more »