Repsol is looking to promote hydrogen-powered trains in a partnership with Spanish manufacturer Talgo.

The pair revealed this week they had signed an agreement to promote the creation of renewable hydrogen-powered, emission-free trains in the Iberian Peninsula.

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Talgo will design, manufacture and commission the new self-propelled trains, while Repsol will offer up its renewable-hydrogen generation infrastructure and logistical means to supply the network.

Talgo has already developed the Vittal One, a dual hydrogen-electric train, providing a modular solution for medium-distance and commuter trains.

The Vittal One is due on track in November for demonstration and concept validation in conditions similar to those of commercial operation.

The Spanish government is aiming to have two lines of hydrogen-powered commercial trains by 2030 as part of its hydrogen roadmap, released in October, which also calls for 4 gigawatts of installed power from electrolysers by 2030 for the production of hydrogen.

Repsol has already announced plans to install two electrolysers in Spain with a capacity of 100 megawatts in Cartagena and Petron and intends to have 400MW of installed capacity by 2025. It intends to grow to more than 1.2GW by 2030.

Repsol’s immediate plans include using organic waste to generate biogas at its industrial centres, which will then be used to produce hydrogen.