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Talgo and Repsol to use renewable hydrogen for trains [free access]

July 19, 2021

Talgo, a rolling stock supplier, and Repsol, a petrochemical provider, have signed an accord to develop trainsets that are powered by hydrogen generated from renewable sources. Talgo will be responsible for the design, manufacture, and commissioning of the trains, while Repsol will provide the infrastructure to generate and distribute the hydrogen.


The move is in line with Talgo’s aim of developing fuel cell trains to support the decarbonisation of non-electrified secondary routes through the deployment of a prototype of its Vittal One modular trainset for medium-distance and commuter applications. The fuel cell trains are expected to begin test operations from November 2021. The dual hydrogen-electric demonstrator is intended to validate the concept under similar conditions for commercial operation.