Supply side: Alstom, Bentley, Cattron / JMA Railroad Supply Co.
Alstom and Plastic Omnium join forces to develop hydrogen storage systems for the rail market. In addition, infrastructure engineering software company Bentley Systems announced the finalists for its annual infrastructure awards program, and Cattron selected JMA Railroad Supply Co. as its manufacturing representative.
The companies have set up a dedicated team to manage technical and commercial development. This will allow the partners, “following the development projects which have already started, to launch hydrogen storage solutions on the regional train market in France and Italy, from 2022”, indicated Alstom and Plastic Omnium.
“The emergence of a solid hydrogen ecosystem is of crucial importance to stimulate the development of hydrogen rail as a zero emission alternative for regional rail,” said Thierry Best, Commercial Director of Alstom. “The planned combination of Plastic Omnium’s expertise in hydrogen storage solutions and our expertise in hydrogen trains is in this regard an important step in building an innovative and strong hydrorail value chain.
“Our partnership with Alstom aims to develop high-performance hydrogen solutions capable of meeting the sustainable development challenges facing rail transport,” said Christian Kopp, CEO of the Plastic Omnium Clean Energy Systems division. “This is a new step on the road to low-carbon mobility and further confirmation of our Group’s expertise in hydrogen solutions and of its growth potential as it reaches new customers.
Bentley Systems Inc. will present 57 finalists with the 2021 Going Digital Awards in infrastructure on December 2 as part of its Year in Infrastructure virtual event. The annual awards program honors the work of users of Bentley software “advancing the design, construction and operation of infrastructure around the world,” according to the company.
Sixteen independent juries selected the finalists from nearly 300 nominations, which were submitted by more than 230 organizations from 45 countries. They encompass 19 categories, including bridges; Buildings and campuses; Digital cities; Digital construction; Geotechnical engineering; Land and development site; Manufacturing; Mining and offshore engineering; Energy production; Information management on project delivery; Railway and public transport; Modeling of reality; Performance of road and rail assets; Roads and highways; Structural engineering; Public services and communications; Performance of utilities and industrial assets; Water and wastewater treatment plants; and water, wastewater and stormwater networks.
Among the finalists for categories related to rail:
• Information management on project delivery: Mott MacDonald Systra JV with Balfour Beatty Vinci, HS2 Phase 1 Main Civil Construction Works (London, UK); and WSP, Port of Melbourne-Port Rail Transformation Project (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).
• Train and public transport: Network Rail + Jacobs, upgrade of the Transpennine route (Manchester / Leeds / York, United Kingdom); TP. MRT Jakarta (Perseroda), MRT Jakarta Phase II (Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia); and Western Program Alliance, Level Crossing Removal Project (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).
• Performance of road and rail assets: Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Oversized / Overweight Clearance System Improvement Project (Madison, Wisconsin); Collins Engineers, Inc., Stone Arch Bridge Rehabilitation (Minneapolis, Minn.); Province of Manitoba, Department of Infrastructure, MB MOOVES-Manitoba Infrastructure SUPERLOAD Upgrade (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada).
• Structural engineering: Louis Berger SAS (A WSP Company), Detailed design of bridges for the BG rail link between Rishikesh and Karnaprayag, Package-3 (Rishikesh and Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand, India).
JMA Railway Supply Company, a manufacturer representative for over 35 years, will represent Warren, Ohio Cattronwireless remote control products for Class II and III railways. Cattron has been providing rail yard solutions since 1977, including a computer system that allows rail yard operators to control switches using wireless control units.