- In the first weeks of June, the Anes Tunnel in Siero (Asturias) hosted the Gas Dispersion and Dielectric Stiffness tests of the pioneering worldwide project, RailNG, a study on the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy source for railways. The first results show a positive balance.
- The facilities of the Barredo Foundation (Government of the Principality of Asturias) in Anes were the test bench chosen for these tests. This is a full-fledged laboratory, where real-time tests were carried out, as close as possible to the immediate future of hydrogen as an energy source for railroads. See more
- The project analyses the real feasibility of using LNG in heavy rail traction
- It seeks to identify the technical, normative and regulatory adaptations needed to develop its commercialization in the short/medium term. See more
Below, you will find the communication pieces of the project that you can download:
– RaiLNG Project
At this time there is no article in the press available about the RaiLNG project.
– Railway LNG Project (Series 2600)
January 9, 2018 | Spain, Madrid
The first traction tests in Europe of a train powered by liquefied natural gas are underway in Spain. The tests, conducted on the line between Mieres and Figaredo, will analyze the potential environmental and economic advantages that natural gas can provide in rail transport using non-electrified lines. in atendance for the launch were Spain’s Minister of Development, Íñigo de la Serna, and Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda, Álvaro Nadal. See more.
26 JANUARY 2017
While diesel still plays a major part on many routes in many countries, rail is experimenting with new forms of power, including hydrogen fuel cells and batteries, while making old, dirty locomotives more efficient.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is being used in the rail industry as an option for dual-fuel locomotives. In July, Russian Railways, Gazprom, Transmashholding and Sinara Group signed an agreement to develop the necessary infrastructure to support the use of LNG to power locomotives.
Russia was also in the headlines back in 2015, when it unveiled what it called the world’s first LNG-generated locomotive, the TEM19.
Also late last year, Spanish operator RENFE announced it was to replace a diesel engine in a Class 2600 DMU with a LNG equivalent, and test it against a diesel version in the same locomotive. The LNG DMU will run on a 20km section of track in northern Spain. See more.
– CEF program of European aid
7 June 2018
As part of the next long-term European budget for the period 2021-2027, the European Commission (EC) proposed to renew the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) with €42,3 billion. With this budget the EC supports investments in the European infrastructure networks for transport (€ 30,6 billion), energy (€ 8,7 billion) and telecom (€ 3 billion). See more.
The Union Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T), defining a new transport infrastructure policy, and the Connecting Europe Facility, providing a new philosophy for infrastructure investments, have been adopted by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in December 2013.
This legislative package reviewed substantially the TEN-T policy and placed the emphasis on high European added value connections, which will allow for the realisation of a real integrated trans-European transport network. With the budget of the Connecting Europe Facility, more than €26 billion will be dedicated to the financing of projects of high EU interest, such as cross-border connections and bottlenecks on the main corridors along the TEN-T, in particular for railways and inland waterways. See more.
Friday, June 17 2016
How much funding is available under the 2015 CEF Transport calls for proposals?
the 2015 CEF Transport calls for proposals, almost €7.6 billion is available to
improve European transport infrastructure, promote innovation and new
technologies, develop intelligent transport systems and mitigate the safety and
environmental impact of the sector. Out of the total amount available, €1.09
billion is earmarked for projects in all Member States, while €6.5 billion is
foreseen exclusively for projects in Member States eligible for funding from
the EU’s Cohesion Fund. See
October 8, 2018
Strong, modern, and reliable infrastructure is essential to secure jobs, growth and competitiveness in the European Union. Given this need, the EU supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected trans-European networks in three areas: transport, energy and digital infrastructure See more.
– Railways in Russia
23 FEBRUARY 2015
By Daniel Garrun
Liquefied natural gas is gaining traction as an alternative rail propulsion system, and Russian Railways has conducted a series of tests into how its railroads may reap the benefits of this new technology. With Russia home to massive natural gas reserves, is it ready to propel LNG into the rail mainstream? See more.
One of last year’s highlights at Transmashholding was the unveiling of Russia’s (and the world’s) FIRST INNOVATIVE TEM19 SHUNTING LOCOMOTIVE FIRED BY LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS. Se more.