100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply

During InnoTrans 2016, Alstom revealed its Coradia Lint train with fuel-cell propulsion system. Two years ago Alstom and four German governmental bodies (Niedersachsen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Baden-Württemberg and Hessen) signed a letter of intent to develop hydrogen fuel-cell trains. Alstom has since then developing and building two prototype trains at its Salzgitter plant (Germany) supported by the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The two Coradia Lint trainsets feature a fuel-cell powertrain, supplied by ùHydorgenics and energy storage system. In May 2015 Alstom signed a 10 year exclusive agreement with Hydrogenetics Corporation, that will supply the hydrogen fuel cell systems, , with a value of around 50 million euro, includes the supply of at least 200 engine systems along with service and maintenance as necessary over a 10 year period.The Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) will purchase the first two trains that will be used in revenue earning services starting in December 2017. They will be operated by the EVB on the line Buxtehude – Bremervörde – Bremerhaven – Cuxhaven. Early 2015, representatives of the German district Calw signed a memorandum of understanding with Alstom. Calw wants to use fuel-cell Coradia Lint trains on its Hermann-Hesse-line providing access to the Black Forest.

The EHA in cooperation with FAST is partner in the recently approved Austrian project Bulk H2 onRail, looking at transport of hydrogen by rail that will see its kick off in the coming weeks in Austria.