H2iseO Hydrogen Valley

"H2iseO Hydrogen Valley": an Italian hydrogen-based industrial value chain for a sustainable mobility system in Val Camonica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along the non-electrified Brescia-Iseo-Edolo railway line, gateway to the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Olympic Games.

VALUE PROPOSITION

"H2iseO Hydrogen Valley" is a project implemented by FNM, FERROVIENORD and Trenord, which aims to decarbonise public transport services and encourage the transition to a more sustainable transport system. FNM, FERROVIENORD and Trenord have defined a highly innovative project covering the social, economic, geographical and environmental dimensions of mobility, with three main targets:

- Development of an economic and industrial district based on hydrogen, starting from mobility applications

- Development of a geographic district based on hydrogen, in order to enable and support the energy conversion of the area

- Total decarbonisation of the main components of the local public transport; the "hydrogenisation" and decarbonisation of the Brescia-Iseo-Edolo railway line as the first user of hydrogen means that hydrogen production and distribution infrastructures can be set up in the area to support the local economic and industrial sector.

H2iseO PROJECT STEPS

The project has three phases. The first phase involves the arrival of the first 6 hydrogen-powered electric trains, which will be built by Alstom and delivered by 2023. Between 2021 and 2023, a first hydrogen production plant will also be built at the Iseo station. In the second phase, another 8 electric trains will be implemented, thus completing the replacement of the entire fleet with totally green vehicles. In addition, one or two further hydrogen production plants are planned to be built in the Brescia and/or Edolo areas by 2025. In the third phase, the hydrogen produced by the plants can be used for vehicles other than trains, starting with public transport and the 40 buses managed in Val Camonica by FNM Autoservizi.

The investment for the supply of 6 Alstom-manufactured hydrogen-powered electric trains, with an option to supply another 8 electric trains of the same type, was approved by the Board of Directors on 25 November 2020 with a total preliminary amount for the entire fleet of more than 160 million Euro.

The introduction of hydrogen trains in Val Camonica, as envisaged by the H2iseO project, is a project explicitly mentioned in the NRRP (National Recovery and Resilience Plan - M2C2.3 PROMOTING THE PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND END USES OF HYDROGEN, Investment 3.4: Experimenting with hydrogen for rail transportation).

FNM has signed a memorandum of understanding with some of the major players in the energy and hydrogen industry: A2A, Enel Green Power, ENI, Sapio, SNAM. FNM, A2A and SNAM have been awarded a grant under the Innovation Fund Small Scale program funded by the European Commission.