Siemens Introduces Hydrogen-Powered Train

Published on: 07 May 2022
by KnowESG
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Siemens, the largest industrial manufacturing company in Europe, has recently unveiled its first hydrogen-powered train, developed in association with rail operator Deutsche Bahn. The company plans to put the train into service in 2024.

According to Deutsche Bahn, the train will run on power generated by hydrogen fuel, replace diesel-powered trains in regional traffic and reduce carbon emissions.

Michael Theurer, state secretary at the transport ministry, said: "Hydrogen-powered trains are part of the German government's plan to electrify 75 per cent of the rail network by 2030."

The train model, Mireo Plus H, will run using green hydrogen from sustainable energy when most hydrogen currently comes from the gas industry.

Michael Peter, who heads Siemens Mobility, said: " Each train delivered will save up to 45,000 tons of carbon dioxide for a lifetime of 30 years."

If everything goes well, Mireo Plus H will trial run in southwestern Germany in 2023 and commercial service in 2024. It will shuttle commuters between Tuebingen, Horb and Pforzheim.

With the introduction of hydrogen-powered trains, the company will compete with French competitor Alstom, which already has such trains running.

Source: The Economic Times