FuelCell – Siemens, Deutsche Bahn launch native hydrogen trains trial
MUNICH (Reuters) – Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn have began creating hydrogen-powered gas cell trains and a filling station which will probably be trialled in 2024 with view to interchange diesel engines on German native rail networks.
The prototype, to be constructed by Siemens, is predicated on electrical railcar Mireo Plus which will probably be outfitted with gas cells to show hydrogen and oxygen into electrical energy on board, and with a battery, each corporations mentioned.
Siemens mobility chief govt Michael Peter instructed Reuters the practice mixed the chance to be fed by three sources in a modular system – both by the battery, the gas cell and even present overhead strains, relying on the place it will run.
German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has not electrified 40% of its 33,000 kilometre (km) lengthy community, on which it runs 1,300 fossil-fuel emitting diesel locomotives.
Rail transport should be decarbonised over the long-term below European Union and nationwide local weather targets.
“Our hydrogen trains are able to replace diesel-fuelled trains in the long term,” Peter mentioned.
The brand new prototype will probably be fuelled inside 15 minutes, have a variety of 600 km and a prime velocity of 160 km/hour.
It is going to be examined between Tuebingen, Horb and Pforzheim in Baden Wuerttemberg state.
The primary goal market are operators of regional networks that usually re-order plenty of 10 to 50 trains, Peter mentioned.
“We see a market potential of 10,000-15,000 trains in Europe that will need to be replaced over the next 10-15 years, with 3,000 alone in Germany,” he mentioned.
Every practice will value between 5 and 10 million euros ($5.9-$11.9 million), making a market potential of 50-150 billion euros general.
The Berlin authorities expects inexperienced hydrogen to turn into aggressive with fossil fuels over the long run and to play a key function in decarbonising trade, heating and transport.
Reporting by Joern Poltz in Munich and Vera Eckert in Frankfurt, modifying by David Evans