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Siemens Mobility completes first test runs with hydrogen train

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Siemens Mobility has completed the first test runs with the Mireo Plus H hydrogen-powered train in Bavaria, Germany.

The two-car trainset will enter passenger service in mid-2024 on routes between Augsburg and Füssen and Augsburg and Peissenberg on the rail network of Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB), Germany. Pilot operations of the train are planned for 30 months and are supported by the State of Bavaria. Siemens Mobility and Bavaria signed the corresponding development partnership in 2021.

Karl Blaim, Managing Director and CFO of Siemens Mobility said: “Partnering with the State of Bavaria, we have reached an important milestone today for the future of alternative drive systems for trains. Our hydrogen-powered Mireo Plus H train will operate completely emission-free between Augsburg, Füssen and Peissenberg. With this train, we are offering a sustainable solution for rail routes that are not electrified.”

Bavaria’s Transport Minister, Christian Bernreiter, commented: “By conducting 30 months of passenger operations, we will test the hydrogen train under a full range of everyday conditions. The results of these tests will then determine whether we decide to use hydrogen-powered trains on additional routes in Bavaria. Our goal is to end diesel operations in Bavaria’s local and regional rail passenger transport by 2040. In addition to electrifying routes and using battery-powered trains, hydrogen propulsion can be an important factor in achieving this goal.”

The Mireo Plus H is a hydrogen-powered train based on Siemens Mobility’s proven Mireo regional train platform. Two roof-mounted fuel cells and a lithium-ion battery ensure completely CO2-free mobility. The H2 energy supply system, combined with the electric drive, provide high 1.7 MW traction power for acceleration of up to 1.1 m/s2 and a top speed of 160 km/h.

Arnulf Schuchmann, Managing Director of Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB) said: “Today we can experience the Siemens Mobility hydrogen train live on a normal line for the first time, and are preparing intensively for passenger operations next year.

Read the article online at: https://www.globalhydrogenreview.com/hydrogen/18092023/siemens-mobility-completes-first-test-runs-with-hydrogen-train/

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