In Lower Saxony’s Bremervoerde, Germany, the world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains will start being built in September.
Representatives met on-site for a ground-breaking ceremony after an eighteen-month testing phase for the first two trains, which was completed in February.
The gases and engineering company, Linde, will build and operate the hydrogen filling station near Bremervoerde station on behalf of the Lower Saxony Regional Transport Company (LNVG).
After completion expected in mid-2021, the hydrogen filling station will replace the existing mobile filling solution.
From the beginning of 2022, 14 hydrogen-powered regional trains built by Alstom will be refuelled there daily and around the clock if necessary.
“The ground-breaking ceremony for this world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains is an important step for a showcase project from Lower Saxony”, said Carmen Schwabl, Managing Director of LNVG. The initiative to test the gas as a fuel in local rail passenger transport came from LNVG.
“We are delighted to play a key role in this world-leading, innovative project,” said Mathias Kranz, responsible at Linde for the on-site and bulk business in Germany. “Linde has long been committed to hydrogen, which can make a significant contribution to decarbonisation. The introduction of hydrogen as a fuel for trains will significantly reduce the burden on the environment, as one kilogram of hydrogen replaces approximately 4.5 litres of diesel fuel”.
“The construction of the hydrogen filling station in Bremervörde will create the basis for the series operation of our emission-free hydrogen trains in the Weser-Elbe network. We really appreciate that Linde, as an experienced hydrogen supplier, is now also taking over the refuelling of the series trains following the successful trial operation,” comments Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director Germany and Austria of Alstom.
“We are proud that we were the first railway company in the world with permission to operate fuel cell trains on the Weser-Elbe network. Our passengers were very curious about the trains and their technology from the very beginning. In addition to the very low noise level, the hydrogen train impresses with its zero emissions, especially in times of climate change. For our train drivers, the operation of iLint was a very special motivation”, said Andreas Wagner, head of the SPNV division and authorised signatory of the Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH.
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