A Mireo Plus H train photographed in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on May 5,2022 According to Siemens Mobility, the train can strike a leading speed of 160 kilometers per hour, or around 99 miles per hour.
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Siemens Mobility is to construct numerous hydrogen-powered trains for a network in the Berlin-Brandenburg urban area of Germany, in the current example of how hydrogen-based innovation is being utilized in rail transportation.
In a declaration Monday, Siemens Mobility stated it had actually been commissioned by rail operator Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn to offer 7 of its Mireo Plus H trains. The two-carriage cars will utilize fuel cells and lithium ion batteries, and are slated to be provided in the fall of 2024.
Operations on the Heidekrautbahn network are prepared to begin inDec 2024. In addition, the order consists of a 10- year service and extra parts agreement that runs up until 2034.
Siemens Mobility, which is an independently handled business of commercial giant Siemens, stated the trains would offer “completely CO2 emission-free mobility” and have a leading speed of 160 kilometers per hour (around 99 miles per hour).
The company has formerly stated the Mireo Plus H’s variety can be found in at in between 600 and 1,000 kilometers. “By switching from diesel to hydrogen, Heidekrautbahn will reduce its annual CO2 emissions by around three million kilos and save 1.1 million liters of diesel,” the business stated Monday.
The release of hydrogen-powered trains on the network becomes part of a joint pilot job that’s being moneyed by the states of Berlin and Brandenburg along with the federal government.
Described by the International Energy Agency as a “versatile energy carrier,” hydrogen has a varied series of applications and can be utilized in a large range of markets, consisting of transport.
According to the IEA, rail represents “one of the most energy-efficient transport modes.” It is accountable for 9% of around the world motorized traveler motion and 7% of freight, the IEA states, however just represents 3% of transportation energy usage.
It does, nevertheless, rely greatly on oil, which represented 55% of the sector’s overall energy usage in2020 Under the IEA’s situation for a net-zero energy system by the year 2050, oil usage in rail would need to drop to “almost zero” by the middle of the century.
Siemens Mobility is among numerous business that have actually been dealing with trains that utilize hydrogen. Others consist of East Japan Railway and European train producerAlstom The latter has actually currently brought guests in Germany and Austria on hydrogen trains.