Hydrogen trains- a real alternative to electrification

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU) and Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro- Mobility in European Regions (HyER) have come together to organise a seminar on hydrogen trains on 15 May 2017.

The seminar will analyse the opportunities that hydrogen fuel cells can bring to the rail industry and will look at passenger transport, freight and shunting or switching. Regulation and safety issue will also be a part of the program.

The seminar will also outline the work undertaken by DG MOVE, FCH JU and S2R JU in terms of hydrogen trains and discuss other initiatives such as the potential for hydrogen freight trains in Norway and the discussions in the Province of Groningen about the potential of hydrogen trains.

Speakers include:

- Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of FCH JU

- Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of Shift2Rail

- Nicholas Erb, European Affairs Director, Alstom

- Tobias Merten, Ernst and Young


More information on the event and details for registration can be found here

Read the workshop summary here

Workshop presentations:

Keynote Speakers

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, FCH-JU

Carlo Borghini, Executive Director, Shift2Rail JU

Javier Navarro, Technical Advisor Government of Aragon and HyER Board member 


Fuel Cells for Rail Applications. Oben Uluc, Sales Director, Ballard Power Systems

Renewable Energy Storage and Powering Fleets for Heavy Mobility. Mark Kammerer, Business Sales Manager, Hydrogenics

Needs and experiences from the Railway sector Freight case: Maik Gruel, Product Manager AC Locomotives, Bombardier

Regional case: Michael Ritter, Business Development Manager, Alstom


Hydrogen Trains Potential in Groningen Rene Herder, Project Manager, Province of Groningen

Alternative Railway Electrification in Norway Dr Steffen Moller-Holst, Vice President Marketing, SINTEF Hydrogen

Trains in Lower Saxony Tobias Merten, Head of Traffic & Transport Innovation, E&Y Mobility Innovation 

Monday, May 15, 2017
Norway House, Rue Archimede 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium