Alstom hands over five Prima H3 locomotives to Deutsche Bahn

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Alstom handed over five Prima H3 hybrid shunting locomotives to Deutsche Bahn during a ceremony at Alstom’s Stendal site in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, where the locomotives were built. In total, 23 of the environmental-friendly vehicles have been ordered from different customers until today. 

This new generation of hybrid shunting locomotive will be used at Deutsche Bahn, making a sustainable contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions on rail tracks in Germany.

Alstom has been consistently developing its environmentally friendly hybrid technology under European conditions for many years, and it is the first manufacturer to have put this technology on rail. Our Prima H3 locomotive is paving the way to the new reality of zero-emission freight transport in Europe” said Daniel Croonen, Director Service for Alstom Germany and Austria. 

“We are already thinking of the future. For this reason, we strive for better climate protection and less noise impact. The new Prima H3 hybrid locomotive will help us to achieve both. Hand-in-hand with the industry, DB has brought the environmentally friendly technology to be used in full rail operation. I’m proud that the five vehicles are due to take up service in Franconia from November,” Andreas Gehlhaar, Head of Environmental Affairs at Deutsche Bahn AG.

Alstom innovates with its Prima H3 locomotive in a market segment that has long been left apart: in comparison to conventional shunting locomotives, the Prima H3 with its hybrid drive produces up to 50% less CO2, while other pollutant emissions (Nitrogen dioxide) are cut by up to 70%. Noise emissions have also been significantly reduced. The 350 kW diesel generator meets the requirements of exhaust gas standard stage IIIB[1] and has been designed with future exhaust gas standards in mind. Depending on its use, the shunting locomotive will spend between 50% and 75% of its service time in battery mode. This makes it possible to achieve zero-emission rail transport in urban areas or production plants. The locomotive reaches speeds of 100 km/h and can therefore easily be integrated in main line traffic.

More than 200 employees are working at the Alstom site in Stendal, thus making it one of the most important employers in the region. The facility exists since 1873 and meanwhile is specialised in servicing as well as repair and modernisation of rail vehicles and their components.


[1] Most recent European standard on the regulation of emissions

EU Bank supports the modernisation of Moldova’s railways with 50 million EUR

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending EUR 50m to the Republic of Moldova to finance the improvement and modernisation of Moldova’s railway network and rolling stock. The project has received a 5 million EUR investment grant from the European Union, and is co-financed with the EBRD. This is the first time EIB financing has been granted to the Moldovan railways sector, and will upgrade assets partially located on the extended TEN-T and contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the EU-Moldova Association Agreement.

EIB, EU and EBRD funds will help to foster trade both in Moldova and between Moldova and its trading partners in the EU and Eastern Neighbourhood region. The EIB loan will contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of local products and generating efficiencies, potentially increasing exports. This project is part of a broader programme which also includes the restructuring of the Moldovan railway sector in order to enable it to provide adequate services and to compete with other modes of transport.

The EIB support provided to the railway sector will have a positive environmental impact by preventing modal shift from rail to road, and by reducing pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and noise levels. It will increase passenger safety and operational speed, and reduce vehicle and infrastructure operating costs, which will lead to an improvement in the financial sustainability of Moldova’s national railway company (CFM), the final beneficiary of the EIB loan.

The project consists of two components: the acquisition of mainline diesel locomotives and the associated maintenance equipment and the rehabilitation of selected sections of the railway infrastructure. The new locomotives will replace their obsolete predecessors and the railway infrastructure rehabilitation will be carried out on sections whose renewal is long overdue.