Bavarian Minister Of Economic Affairs Aiwanger Visited Proton Motor: Presentation Of New Fuel Cell Drive System For Rail Innovation

By July 7, 2021 5   min read  (790 words)

July 7, 2021 |

Bavarian Minister Of Economic Affairs Aiwanger Visited Proton Motor
  • Minister of State on technology expert: “Proton Motor is an  important player in our Bavarian hydrogen economy.”
  • Integration of emission-free 214 kW multistack into the world’s first  rail milling train with purely electric drive
  • In particular, environmental factors exhaust and noise pollution in  the public eye

Puchheim near Munich – Hydrogen as an environmentally friendly energy carrier is  also a gain for the railways – and not only in passenger transport. For rail maintenance, exhaust and noise-free cleantech innovations are in demand. The world’s first rail milling train with  hydrogen fuel cell drive is based on the quality development of the technology expert “Proton  Motor Fuel Cell GmbH” (

For the lead project of an Austrian client, the alternative drive solution has been successfully designed and manufactured. In the current context  of the (planned for July 2021) delivery of the tailor-made hydrogen fuel cell system with an  installed capacity of 214 kW – consisting of two fully redundant systems of 107 kW each – Proton  Motor now welcomed Hubert Aiwanger, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Free State of  Bavaria for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, for the official presentation date at the operating site in Puchheim.

World Rail Innovation with Fuel Cell Drive from Proton Motor

It was the second company visit to the Bavarian Minister of  Economic Affairs for the exchange of information at Proton Motor after the ceremony in 2019 for  the official start of the fuel cell series production.

During the technical review of the sustainable multistack system, top politician Aiwanger stated to  Proton Motor`s four-member management with Sebastian Goldner (CTO & COO), Roman  Kotlarzewski (Finance Director), Klaus Bury (Business Administration) and Manfred Limbrunner (Director Sales & Marketing): “Bavaria is setting ambitious climate targets and is striving for a  consistent energy and mobility transition. I am convinced that hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in  particular will make an important contribution to achieve the sector-specific climate protection  targets. Especially in heavy-duty traffic with high vehicle weights and necessary ranges, the fuel cell  drive has great potential to rapidly advance the decarbonization of the transport sector. Proton  Motor Fuel Cell acts as an important player in our Bavarian hydrogen economy thanks to many years  of experience in the field of fuel cell development and production. With its innovative Proton Motor  technology, the company impressively demonstrates that climate-friendly drive solutions can also be  implemented in rail transport.”

Renewable energy supply for CO2 neutrality

The clean “green” and emission-free fuel cell system from Proton Motor is to be integrated into the  world’s first special track construction machine with a purely electric drive. In contrast to previous  model series with diesel engines, the high-performance milling machine also completely dispenses  with hydraulics in the working units. The hydrogen-powered rail world first thus provides an answer  to the increasingly strict authorities` regulations regarding environmental factors exhaust and noise  pollution. Especially in subway tunnels, the new machine type based on future-oriented renewable  energy supply represents an improvement from an ecological point of view in favor of the desired  CO2 neutrality. In addition, the health risk of the operating crew in the track benefits from the zero emission milling concept, in which the dust pollution is eliminated.

About Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH (
With more than 20 year of experience, the internationally active Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH is Germany”s expert for energy solutions with cleantech technologies and a specialist in fuel cells in this field. Located in Puchheim near Munich, Proton Motor, offers complete fuel cell and fuel cell hybrid systems from its own production – from development to production to the implementation of customer-specific solutions. Proton Motor focuses on stationary applications such as back-up power and energy storage solutions, as well as mobile solutions such as back-to-base applications. The solutions can also be applied in the maritime and rail sectors. The product portfolio includes basic fuel cell systems, standard complete systems and customised systems. The official commissioning of the new fuel cell stack machine to start the series production took place in September 2019.

Proton Motor is active in the stationary sector for customers in the IT, telecommunications, public infrastructure and healthcare sectors in Germany, Europe and the Middle East with power supply solutions for DC and AC demand. In addition to power supply, SPower product range also offers solutions for solar systems and a new product line for the storage of solar energy. Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, with currently 93 employees under the management of Dr. Faiz Nahab is a wholly-owned subsidiary of “Proton Motor Power Systems plc” ( with headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The company has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (Ticker symbol: “PPS” / WKN: A0LC22 / ISIN: GB00B140Y116).

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