German national carrier Deutsche Bahn and German rolling stock manufacturer Siemens Mobility have presented a complete hydrogen system for railway transport at the Krefeld plant: a Mireo Plus H two-car train and a mobile hydrogen storage and rapid refueling unit.

Hydrogen train and refueling facility

This is reported by the railway magazine Railway Supply.

The rolling stock was created as part of the H2goesRail project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the amount of €13.74 million.

The Mireo Plus H two-car train, also equipped with lithium-ion batteries, has a range of up to 800 km, a tractive power of 1.7 MW for an acceleration of up to 1.1 m/s² and a top speed of 160 km/h. The power reserve of the three-car version is up to 1 thousand kilometers.

According to the group, Deutsche Bahn has developed a new method that allows a hydrogen train to be refueled at the same speed as a diesel train.

Hydrogen is produced by electrolysis by the DB Energie subsidiary in Tübingen using green electricity.

To service the train, a repair site in Ulm will be equipped.

Mireo Plus H trials will start in Baden-Württemberg in 2023. From 2024, the hydrogen train will operate regular passenger services between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim.

Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter stressed that the partners have developed the next generation of hydrogen-powered trains, which provide longer ranges and faster acceleration.

“Each train delivered can save up to 45 000 tons of CO2 over a thirty-year lifespan compared to corresponding road trips,” he said.

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