Talgo, Repsol join forces for the development of H2-powered train
Spanish multi-energy company Repsol SA has announced that it has partnered with train manufacturer Talgo SA for the development of green hydrogen-powered trains and emission-free rail transport in the Iberian Peninsula.
The Madrid-based Talgo has already developed Vittal One, a hydrogen fuel cells-powered train solution for medium-distance and commute travel, which is due to be on track in November 2021 for demonstration and concept validation.
In collaboration with Repsol, Talgo will continue to work on the design, manufacturing, and commissioning of new trains, while the oil-and-gas major will offer its renewable hydrogen production infrastructure and logistical means to supply the railway network.
Repsol said it will manufacture hydrogen from biogas that it gets by processing organic waste at its industrial centres. The company has also announced that it will install two 100-MW electrolysers at the Cartagena refinery and Petronor, Repsol's majority-owned refiner in the Basque Country.
The Talgo-Repsol alliance will contribute to Spain accomplishing one of the government's objectives for the national green hydrogen strategy, and that is to have two lines of hydrogen-powered commercial trains by 2030, Repsol said.