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Hydrogen Fueling for Rail Transportation

Hydrogen fuel cell trains are gaining momentum. Numerous companies are conducting hydrogen fuel cell research and practical fuel cell trials in an effort to reduce operating costs and air pollution.   The trains work when electrical power is generated by combining hydrogen and oxygen in an on-board fuel cell.  
Air Products is the leader in the development of the hydrogen infrastructure that is required to fuel these new trains. We've developed a broad range of SmartFuel® hydrogen supply and fueling infrastructure to enable the successful commercialization of these trains around the world.

Photo courtesy of Alstom.

Benefits of hydrogen fuel cell trains:


Non-polluting, zero emissions

Quick refuel times

Quick refueling vs. battery recharging

Passenger and Driver Comfort

Quiet operation, no vibration and a smooth driving experience

High Energy Efficiency

Fuel cells are up to three times more efficient than internal combustion engines

Reduced Oil Dependence

Hydrogen can be made from renewable resources

Choose Air Products' SmartFuel hydrogen solutions for:


Safety is Air Products number one priority and incorporated into all aspects of our products.


Multi-faceted approach to ensuring uninterrupted performance of our fueling stations.

Product Supply

One of world's largest hydrogen producers with the ability to deliver hydrogen or install onsite hydrogen production. 

Integrated Hydrogen Fueling Stations

Turnkey hydrogen fueling stations with Air Products proprietary technologies.

Project Execution

Experienced project engineers with a focus on safety and speed of execution.

Pilot Program Support

Unique portable fueling stations for short-term testing and evaluation.

Air Products fueling the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains

Air Products is involved in many innovative hydrogen infrastructure and refueling projects around the world. In Germany, Air Products recently delivered to Alstom a hydrogen filling station and fuel for the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains. These trains have been running successfully for public service since mid-September 2018.

Interested in hydrogen fueling for trains?

Talk to our experts about SmartFuel™ hydrogen and fueling stations for rail applications. We can meet your needs no matter what your fueling requirements are.

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