Successful first drive of the world's first hydrogen regional train with X-STORE cylinders

22.03.2017  Press release


Alstom, a leading provider of rail technology, has been developing the world's first hydrogen powered regional train, Coradia iLint, which is equipped with xperion's lightweight X-STORE® Type 4 high-pressure cylinders. The first prototype train has successfully been assembled and fueled with hydrogen. The train will initially run on Alstom's own test tracks within Germany. In the next step, the tests will be extended to external test tracks.

"This new development enables regional trains to run on rail tracks without overhead lines, and provides a zero-emission and quiet passenger transport by rail" says Dr. Thorsten Weber, Director Program Management at xperion. 

Last year, Hexagon Composites' subsidiary, xperion Energy & Environment, announced that they had been awarded by Alstom to supply hydrogen cylinders to its first prototype trains. The cooperation between xperion and Alstom is an important strategic step for Hexagon Composites to extend its hydrogen application portfolio also to the rail sector.

Photo: Alstom | Alstom's hydrogen train Coradia iLint  

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Coradia iLint

For more information:
Solveig D Saether, Communication Manager, Hexagon Composites ASA
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About Alstom
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the railway sector. Alstom manages the widest range of solutions in the market - from high-speed trains to metros and tramways - customised services (maintenance, modernisation) and infrastructure and signalling solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated railway systems. It recorded sales of €6.9 billion and booked €10.6 billion of orders in the 2015/16 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 31,000 people today.
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About Hexagon Composites and xperion Energy & Environment
Hexagon Composites (OSE:HEX) is a publicly listed company with its headquarters in Aalesund, Norway. It operates some of the world's most advanced facilities for designing, testing and manufacturing of all-composite cylinders and systems for gas applications.

xperion Energy & Environment, headquartered in Kassel, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of Type 4 high pressure cylinders for the automotive industry and gas transportation. In October 2016 Hexagon Composites acquired xperion to strengthen its position in the global composite pressure cylinder and systems market.
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First drive of the world's first hydrogen regional train