Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) is teaming-up with Shift2Rail to launch a joint call for tender in view of conducting a study that will address the needed market analysis and assess the potential of fuel cell and hydrogen (H2) technologies for the rail sector.
While electrifying the transport system is a major priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, the railway system has been a pioneer in this area with a large majority of its traffic running on electrified lines. But efforts are still needed to reach the environmental and zero-emission objectives set up for rail operations.
Various regions in Europe have shown interest in the potential of fuel cell and H2 technologies for trains, in particular where other electrification alternatives have proven unfeasible. However, to enable a larger introduction of fuel cell technologies within the railway market, a deeper analysis is needed.
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