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27 November 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 01:41 GMT+1

October 21, 2020

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Italian FS Agreement - Snam for development and dissemination hydrogen rail transport in Italy

Pilot projects involving the replacement of fossil fuels by hydrogen

The Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane group and Snam have signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility and new business models related to the development and dissemination of rail transport to hydrogen in Italy. The agreement provides for the carrying out of analyses and feasibility studies and the development of joint projects on hydrogen convertible railway lines on the territory National. In particular, FS Italiane and Snam will constitute a working group with the aim of evaluating possible projects pilots who provide for the replacement of fossil fuels by Hydrogen.

FS Italiane and Snam will experiment with technological solutions related to production, transport, compression, the storage, supply and use of hydrogen for contribute to the development of sustainable mobility, including participating together in joint initiatives that are the subject of potential financing or public tendering.

"With this agreement," explained the administrator delegate of Snam, Marco Alverà - let's take a step important in promoting a hydrogen supply chain in Italy sectors crucial to decarbonisation such as transport of people and goods. Thanks to the collaboration between FS Italian and Snam, we aim to build infrastructure to convert hydrogen-powered trains currently powered by diesel in Italy and thus acquire a technological leadership to be capitalise at international level as well.'

"The agreement signed with Snam - underlined the CEO and General Manager of the FS Group Italiane, Gianfranco Battisti - confirms the importance, for FS to encourage sustainable mobility, in full compliance with the consistency with the European guidelines of the Green New Deal. Let's continue to innovate and develop safe and sustainable mobility solutions that will allow the new generations to live in a more sustainable and competitive country, according to a model that puts people at the centre more and more. Transport hydrogen railways represent in this sense a fundamental innovation that can make travel more environmentally friendly passengers and freight on the remaining railway routes not yet electrified.'

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