Siemens and Deutsche Bahn take a look at hydrogen prepare and cell fueling station for first time


Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG, Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, and Hartmut Höppner, State Secretary within the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), took their first journey within the Mireo Plus H hydrogen prepare after which demonstrated the prepare’s refueling process utilizing a cell hydrogen fueling station.


Hydrogen expertise is deliberate to interchange diesel-powered trainsets in regional transport sooner or later. Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn introduced the H2goesRail mission to the general public in November 2020. Along with the refueling and commissioning assessments performed over current months, DB staff have been skilled to function the system when it enters service.

The mission is being funded with €13.74 million by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as a part of the Nationwide Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Gas Cell Expertise (NIP 2). NIP 2 is coordinated by NOW (Nationwide Group for Hydrogen and Gas Cell Expertise) GmbH and is being applied by mission lead Jülich.

For the mission’s one-year trial operation, Siemens has developed a two-car regional prepare utilizing a next-generation hydrogen drive system. The prepare operates with two propulsion techniques, every consisting of a gasoline cell and a lithium-ion battery. The Mireo Plus H is as highly effective as an electrical multiple-unit prepare and has a spread of as much as 800 kilometers—relying on working situations akin to season or route. A 3-car variant has a spread of as much as 1,000 kilometers. On account of its lowered upkeep and restore prices, the prepare has low lifecycle prices. The Mireo Plus H has a high velocity of 160 kilometers an hour.

One key issue wanted to make hydrogen expertise aggressive with diesel gasoline in day by day operation is a quick refueling course of. To offer this, DB has developed a brand new technique that, for the primary time, allows a hydrogen prepare to be refueled as quick as a diesel-powered prepare. That is particularly essential contemplating the intently timed scheduling of DB’s regional passenger service.

Hydrogen for the trains can be produced in Tübingen by DB Vitality with inexperienced electrical energy taken immediately from the overhead energy line.

On the route between Tübingen and Pforzheim, for instance, switching from diesel to the H2goesRail mission prepare will save round 330 tons of CO2 emissions a yr. Basically, and relying on the route, the Mireo Plus H can save 520 tons of emissions per yr (calculated on a complete mileage of 200,000 kilometers).

The Mireo Plus H will start take a look at runs in Baden-Württemberg in 2023. As of 2024, will probably be underway in common passenger service for the H2goesRail mission, working between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim and changing a diesel railcar presently in use on that route.

The DB upkeep depot in Ulm can be transformed to deal with the servicing of the hydrogen trains. Extensively skilled DB Area workers, supported by Siemens Mobility staff, will service and keep the trains.

After finishing a take a look at part, the prepare will enter passenger service in 2024 and function between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim. Roughly 120,000 kilometers of scheduled rail service are deliberate. The route is especially appropriate for the assessments, with its typical regional service frequency and topography.


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