Hydrogen and battery technologies at a glance
- Unrivalled expertise in green traction
- Fuel cell designed and manufactured in house
- Building block architecture for flexible solutions
- New-build and refurbishment options
- Widest portfolio of proven solutions
- Optimised efficiency architectures and technologies
As a leader in sustainable mobility, Alstom has developed a wide range of green and innovative technologies to reduce emissions and pollution in catenary-free operation. Customers can choose from a wide portfolio of proven solutions based on Alstom’s unrivalled expertise in both Mitrac H™ hydrogen and Mitrac B™ battery propulsion solutions. Alstom partners with its customers to identify the best solution for their needs.
Latest proven technology
Rolling stock owners and suppliers can count on Alstom’s research and development capabilities, supported by long-standing experience. Mitrac green propulsion solutions incorporate the latest battery and/or fuel cell technologies and benefit from simulation tools and stringent validation procedures, ensuring that customers receive the latest proven technology, to power both Alstom and non-Alstom trains.
Furthermore, Alstom benefits from in-house design, development, manufacturing, engineering support and customer training capabilities for fuel cells through Helion Hydrogen Power, a subsidiary involved in more than 100 projects with 30 solutions in operation worldwide.
Offering matching customer needs
Alstom offers a large portfolio of green traction products for hydrogen, battery, hybrid and bi-mode catenary / hydrogen applications. Our portfolio includes new and refurbishment options, where customers can rely on Alstom’s expertise to determine the best solution for their needs. Mitrac solutions can be flexibly adapted using standard and modular components alongside optimisation tools. Green traction products, in most cases, deliver better performance and comfort than a comparable diesel train.
Mitrac solutions to reduce customers’ carbon footprint
The Mitrac portfolio is designed to lower CO2 emissions. With great traction performance, a wide range of autonomous operation options, we can even offer an improved service compared with diesel alternatives. For example, energy regeneration during braking makes the portfolio even more efficient.
Mitrac H™ and Mitrac B™ solutions key figures
Energy Storage System
Alstom provides onboard energy storage products and services as sustainable retrofit solutions replacing, or combined with, diesel traction. Refurbishing trains during scheduled overhauls, these solutions improve the existing fleet and avoid costly electrification upgrades.
The onboard battery energy storage system is installed as an additional package and can fit any type if rolling stock including locomotives, light-rail vehicles, regional and commuter trains.
VMS RE6 Chemnitz-Leipzig, Germany
VMS operator ordered 11 trains with 10-year maintenance in February 2020 with the support of ZVNL. Trains will be operated between Chemnitz and Leipzig from December 2023. After electrification of the line the trains will be operated as pure EMUs.
AGC dual mode train converted to BEMU power by Mitrac B™
One of our first sustainable mobility solutions was a dual mode Autorail à Grande Capacité (AGC) train, being the world's first hybrid train when it entered service in 2007. In January 2021, we signed a new contract to retrofit and introduce a pre series of five AGC battery operated trains by 2023, in collaboration with SNCF Voyageurs and five French regions.
Together, we will modify existing AGC trains into battery operated trains to help decarbonise French rail transport. The idea is to convert dual mode (catenary and diesel powered) high-capacity self-propelled trains to dual mode battery powered AGCs.
Coradia iLINT FCMU for LNVG
Alstom's innovative hydrogen train project Coradia iLint, commissioned by Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG), has been honoured with the 2021 European Railway Award.
Alstom, together with its partners, has proven with the project that hydrogen propulsion is a reliable and emission-free alternative to diesel-powered regional trains on non-electrified lines.
The first hydrogen-powered series trains are in regular service in Germany since 2022.
Ferrovie Nord Milano ordered 6 trains in November 2020 for Sebino and Valcamonica. Based on Coradia Stream platform, the FCMU will ensure the same comfort level as EMU version and the same operational performance as diesel trains with 800-1,000 km of fuel cell autonomy.