Inspenet, October 9, 2023.
Hydrogen trains as a sustainable alternative
Experiments with hydrogen trains are underway in Saudi Arabia as part of the country’s efforts to adopt more environmentally friendly transportation systems. The news was announced by the Saudi Arabian Railways (SAR) after the signing of an agreement with the French railway company Alstom, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) last Sunday. These tests include operational tests and analyzes necessary to adapt this type of train to the kingdom’s environment, with the prospect of it being integrated into the public transport service in the future.
“ The step is part of plans to move to a more sustainable transportation system that adopts the latest smart technologies ,” said Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics of Saudi Arabia and chairman of the board of directors of the SAR.
“The SAR is committed to its leading role in achieving the Saudi Green Initiative, which arises from Saudi Vision 2030, which stipulates increasing the kingdom’s dependence on clean energy, reducing carbon emissions and protecting the environment” .
Hydrogen is seen as a key resource in the years ahead as economies and industries transition to a lower carbon world. It can be generated from sources such as renewable energy and natural gas, and there are different types of hydrogen , including blue, green and gray.
Blue and gray hydrogen come from natural gas, while green hydrogen is made through electrolysis, which breaks down water molecules. Dr. Bashar Al-Malik, CEO of SAR, highlighted his company’s commitment to implementing initiatives that are in line with the National Transportation and Logistics Strategy.
“This train is one of the most important innovations in sustainable transportation, since the energy necessary for the operation and movement of such trains is generated without emitting carbon ,” said Dr. Al-Malik.
“Their range of benefits makes them an attractive option in the drive towards sustainable energy and they have a positive impact on the environment, the economy and the future of generations to come .”