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Germany: Pilot Project Begins for the Operation of Trains Using Hydrogen Technology

By December 8, 2019

December 8, 2019

Rail transport with diesel locomotives ensures high emissions of climate-damaging CO2. A Brandenburg company now wants to convert to hydrogen propulsion.

The Brandenburg-based company Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG (Desag) wants to use a pilot project to promote the energy transition in rail transport in rural areas.

Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs Steinbach (SPD), Desag’s Managing Director Ralf Böhme (M.) and Claudia Hain, Managing Director of Nacompex.PHOTO: JULIAN STÄHLE / DPA

Pilot project for hydrogen propulsion at Bahn

Brandenburg’s Minister of Economics and Energy Jörg Steinbach (SPD) on Friday presented a pilot project for the operation of trains with hydrogen technology.

The Deutsche Eisenbahn Service AG wants to use the “H2Rail” project in the next three years in the district of Prignitz to test the conversion of diesel locomotives to an emission-free drive with hydrogen. The plan is in two years to run the new trains which are primarily intended to run on secondary lines in rural areas, where there is no power supply via overhead lines. The hydrogen-powered trains will use the route between Neustadt / Dosse and Meyenburg in the district of Prignitz. The federal government will fund the pilot project.

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