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FEATURE

HYDRAIL:
HYDRAIL
:
A PROFOUND
UNE IMPORTANTE
INNOVATION
OPPORTUNITY FOR
CANADIAN RAILWAY
SUPPLIERS

OCCASION D'INNOVATION
POUR LES FOURNISSEURS
DE CHEMINS DE
FER CANADIENS

BY BOB OLIVER, HYDROGENICS

PAR BOB OLIVER, HYDROGENICS

Prior to 2015, you would never have come across the name
Hydrogenics in lists of railway supply companies. But in May
of that year, the medium-sized clean technology manufacturer,
based in Mississauga, Ontario, was in the headlines of
railway industry journals around the world. The news was that
Hydrogenics had been selected by ALSTOM to supply the fuel cell
systems comprising the core of a new line of hydrogen-powered
passenger train.
Months before, ALSTOM had committed to supply at least 40
of the new trains to regional rail operators in Germany. Following
a rigorous scan of global fuel cell suppliers, ALSTOM and
Hydrogenics entered an exclusive agreement, valued at more
than €50 million. Less than two years later, the first production
model was premiered to the public during its successful trial runs
on track.
The new model is part of ALSTOM's Coradia LINT line of
regional trains, available in diesel- and electric-powered versions.
Called the iLint, the hydrogen-powered variant is capable of
operating at 140 km/h and can travel 600-800 km between
refuelling stops. Since its launch, interest in this new railway
vehicle technology has exploded. Orders for ALSTOM's iLint are
forthcoming, and both CRRC and Siemens have models of their
own under development.
Metrolinx, which operates one of the largest regional
commuter railway services in North America, is also
supporting prototype development work among rolling stock
manufacturers. The goal is to complete new designs for
hydrogen-powered locomotives and self-propelled bi-level
coaches for use on mainline railways. This work is timely, as
Metrolinx plans to electrify commuter service, and is open to
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"Hydrail" bids.

Avant 2015, vous n'auriez jamais vu le nom Hydrogenics sur les
listes des compagnies de transport ferroviaire. Mais en mai de
cette année-là, le fabricant de technologies propres de taille
moyenne, basé à Mississauga, en Ontario, faisait la une des
journaux de l'industrie ferroviaire du monde entier. La nouvelle
était qu'ALSTOM avait choisi Hydrogenics pour alimenter les
systèmes de piles à combustible d'une nouvelle gamme de train
de voyageurs à hydrogène.
Des mois auparavant, ALSTOM s'était engagée à fournir au
moins 40 des nouveaux trains à des chemins de fer allemands.
À la suite d'une analyse rigoureuse des fournisseurs mondiaux,
ALSTOM et Hydrogenics ont conclu un accord exclusif d'une
valeur de plus de 50 millions d'euros. Moins de deux ans plus tard,
le premier modèle était présenté au public.
Le nouveau modèle fait partie de la gamme de trains
régionaux ALSTOM Coradia LINT, offerte en versions diesel et
électrique. Appelée iLint, la variante à l'hydrogène est capable
de rouler à 140 km/h et peut parcourir de 600 à 800 km entre
les ravitaillements. L'intérêt pour cette nouvelle technologie
a explosé. Les commandes d'ALSTOM iLint affluent. CRRC et
Siemens planchent sur leurs propres modèles.
Metrolinx, qui exploite l'un des plus grands services régionaux
en Amérique du Nord, appuie également les travaux de conception
de prototypes. L'objectif est d'achever de nouvelles conceptions
pour les locomotives à hydrogène et les voitures à deux étages
automotrices. Ces travaux arrivent à point nommé, car Metrolinx a
l'intention d'électrifier son réseau.
Hydrail est le « chemin de fer électrique à hydrogène » et il
s'agit de l'une des possibilités d'innovation les plus importantes à
avoir atteint la chaîne d'approvisionnement depuis des décennies.
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Il faudrait remonter plus de 50 ans en arrière pour voir un

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President’s Message
Bigger Hopper Cars, Faster Grain Shipments
Canada’s New Locomotive Emissions Regulations
Liquid Assets
Hydrail: A Profound Innovation Opportunity for Canadian Railway Suppliers
Locomotive and Passenger Car Freeze-Up Downtime Can Be Prevented
From Last Spike to First in Class: Creativity, Collaboration, and Determination in the Pursuit of Leadership
How to Achieve a Respectful, Harassment-Free Workplace
CARS News
New Members
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What
Railway Supplier Buyers’ Guide
Advertiser.com
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Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2018 - From Last Spike to First in Class: Creativity, Collaboration, and Determination in the Pursuit of Leadership
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