Alstom's R&D expenses reached €530 million in fiscal year 2021-22

Maria Rose Posted on: 2022-05-14 08:10:00 Viewer: 2,993 Comments: 0 Country: France City:

Alstom's R&D expenses reached €530 million in fiscal year 2021-22

Saint Ouen, France (Urban Transport News): Alstom achieved major milestones in its smarter, greener and more inclusive mobility innovation roadmap. The R&D expenses reached €530 million, i.e. 3.4% of sales, in the fiscal year 2021/22, reflecting the Group’s continuous investments in innovation based on three pillars: Green Mobility, Smart Mobility and Inclusive and Healthier Mobility.  

Green Mobility

In April 2021, Alstom and ENGIE signed a partnership agreement to offer the rail freight sector a solution for the decarbonisation of mainline operations by replacing diesel-powered locomotives with a hydrogen solution. This partnership aims to provide a low-carbon, zero-emission solution in response to climate, environmental and public health issues, for non-electrified branch lines and sidings. The target market is the major European rail freight countries. For Alstom, this partnership is in line with its strategic plan ‘Alstom in Motion 2025’ as well as its hydrogen strategy initiated in 2013 with the development of the Coradia iLint train and pursued with the acquisition of fuel cell manufacturer Helion Hydrogen Power in 2021.

In January 2022, Alstom and Deutsche Bahn in cooperation with Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria opened a new chapter in climate-friendly rail operations when they put Alstom’s first fully approved battery train to the test with passengers onboard. The Battery Electric Multiple Unit (BEMU) began revenue service in Baden-Württemberg and in Bavaria. The test operation ran successfully until the beginning of May 2022.

In France, SNCF Voyageurs and Alstom presented the first French hybrid train during a virtual event held between the Alstom site in Reichshoffen and the Régions de France headquarters in Paris in February 2022. This electric-diesel-battery regional train is the first hybridisation project of a Régiolis train in France. The first few months of testing of the hybrid Régiolis trainset have been conclusive. The recycling and reuse of braking energy are set to reduce the train's energy consumption by up to 20%. Commercial service will start in the second quarter of 2023 with services in the territories of each of the four partner regions. A zero-emission mode will be tested on urban routes.

Smart Mobility

Thanks to the consortiums with SNCF, and together with other partners, Alstom has achieved the first operation in GoA2 under lateral signalling for freight operations. The uniquely designed lineside signal detection system developed by Alstom can “see” signals like traffic lights, interpret them and send the information directly to the automatic train control system.

At the same time, Alstom conducted the first successful trial with an autonomous passenger train for mainline operations in April in France. The field tests will begin in July 2022, with the ultimate objective of achieving full autonomy by 2023.

Alstom has also tested the Obstacle Detection System in the Netherlands proving obstacle detection up to 1,000 metres in all-weather and visibility conditions. In summer 2022, the system will be tested in combination with Automatic Train Operation to pave the way for GoA4 in freight.

Inclusive and Healthier Mobility

Alstom’s Healthier MobilityTM programme provides a range of solutions for operators to provide a clean, healthy environment for its passengers and staff.  Our solutions are designed to enhance the experience of the user through various means.  Be it the provision of clean air, filtered for viruses and bacteria using our patented PEPA-F™ filter, treated surfaces to reduce the spread of viruses or measures to effectively manage the flow of passengers to enhance their travel experience and provide a more spacious journey, Alstom’s Healthier MobilityTM catalogue has a range of options to address the needs of the operator. Our antiviral PEPA-F™ filter catches and kills viruses, including the coronavirus, and has been independently verified to be 99.8% effective. The filter can be easily installed on any vehicle type.

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