The consulting firm Aecom, the energy company Iberdrola, the green hydrogen company Cinque International, and the company specialising in sustainable development Ancitel Energia & Ambiente are working on a program to replace the Apennine diesel railway in central Italy with hydrogen trains.
Aecom, Iberdrola, Cinque International and Ancitel Energia & Ambiente have signed an agreement that includes four projects. The first project is the upgrade of the 300 km Apennine line, which runs from the town of Sansepolcro, in the northern province of Arezzo, to Sulmona, a city in the central province of L’Aquila. This line will be one of Italy’s first hydrogen railways.
In addition, the agreement includes pre-feasibility work for a new rail line powered by green hydrogen linking Rome with Ascoli Piceno, a province in the Marche region. The third project is to assess the potential for green hydrogen manufacturing activity in the region with the application of new energy and environmental technologies in post-earthquake reconstruction.
The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance pre-selected the Apennine Railway project in July 2021, as part of its deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030 and in line with the European Union’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.