Train de Charlevoix Tests Green Hydrogen  - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  August 15, 2023

Train de Charlevoix Tests Green Hydrogen 

The railway of Train de Charlevoix tested the use of green hydrogen via its Coradia iLint train in Canada.

The train operated with passengers onboard for the entire summer season and crossed the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Charlevoix region in the Province of Quebec, Canada. The Coradia iLint will be operational for passenger rides through the end of September.

On June 17, the train conducted a demonstration project with Alstom, which is aiding in the development and marketability of hydrogen propulsion technology in North America. 

A key element of the project is the utilization of Accelera fuel cells in conjunction with green hydrogen. Mounted to the roof of the train, the fuel cells converted hydrogen into electricity, which powers the train. The green hydrogen used in Alstom’s Coradia iLint train is produced by an Accelera HySTAT®-100-10 electrolyzer, which is owned and operated in Quebec by project partner Harnois Énergies.

Accelera™ by Cummins is the zero-emission business segment of Cummins Inc. The train, the Coradia iLint, was manufactured by Alstom, a global smart mobility leader.

“Together with our visionary partners, we are reshaping the way people travel and inspiring a future where efficiency, sustainability and innovation go hand in hand,” said Alison Trueblood, General Manager of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies at Accelera, in a statement. "By leveraging the capabilities of hydrogen-powered technology and our expertise in green hydrogen production, we’re driving innovation – providing zero-emission solutions for the urban mobility challenges today’s congested cities face."

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