PKN Orlen, PESA and the PKP company will cooperate in the construction of a hydrogen railway in Poland. Representatives of three companies have signed a letter of intent.
PESA is to present the first Polish rail vehicle powered by hydrogen at the international railway fair Trako, which will be held on September 21-24 in Gdańsk. Its operation is scheduled to start next year. At the same time, the company is working on a passenger vehicle powered by traction and hydrogen cells as well as vehicles that use batteries as a power source.
The letter of intent signed on August 25 by PKN Orlen, PESA and the PKP company concerns cooperation for the implementation of hydrogen technologies in rail transport. The companies want to jointly conduct research and development projects and activities aimed at the use of hydrogen on railways as a fuel supplying rail vehicles.
“Today’s agreement opens the way to the wide application of hydrogen technology, which is the technology of the future. We see a great potential for hydrogenation of rail transport and we hope that the cooperation will initiate a revolution in this area, and we – together with our partners – will be its pioneers” – emphasizes Józef Węgrecki , member of the management board of PKN Orlen for operational matters.