Hydrogen Pioneer Wins Innovation Award

By November 20, 2019 3   min read  (505 words)

November 20, 2019 |

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Saskia Schulz impressed with concept for the world’s first hydrogen filling station for trains. The 28-year-old industrial engineer Saskia Schulz receives the “Innovation Prize for Mobility Designers” 2019 of the Pro-Rail Alliance for her contribution to climate-friendly transport.

 Together with her team, the Alstom employee developed the concept for the world’s first hydrogen refueling station for trains. This will go into operation in December 2021 in Bremervörde in Lower Saxony. A prize for the “Best Idea 2019” goes to Silke Höhl from Frankfurt am Main, who could pave the way with her idea of ​​a more environmentally friendly parcel delivery in inner cities. Their concept is to replace truck journeys by transporting the packages with U and S trains and cargo bikes.

An innovation that serves climate protection in traffic

“Saskia Schulz’s groundbreaking innovation demonstrates in an impressive way how young women are advancing the rail industry with their technical know-how, ingenuity and creativity,” said Dirk Flege, General Manager of Pro-Rail Alliance and member of the jury. on Monday in Berlin. “This innovation is of great importance for transport and climate protection,” emphasized Michael Güntner, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. “Saskia Schulz provides a brilliant example of how climate protection in the transport sector can benefit from technical progress.” Hydrogen trains can replace diesel trains, further expanding rail’s lead in climate protection.

Each year, with the Innovation Prize Mobility Designer, the non-profit alliance “Pro-Rail Alliance” honors women who, with their visions and inventive genius, redesign and shape mobility.

“Best idea” price: parcel delivery is also possible without a truck

For the “Best Idea 2019”, the jury awards the Innovation Prize to Silke Höhl, Research Associate at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences. There, the 32-year-old researches with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra K. Schäfer and the team from the Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) on concepts to make package delivery in city centers environmentally friendly by transporting them by tram and tram and delivering them via cargo bikes. “Due to the boom in parcel deliveries, we urgently need models to relieve city centers of the increasing volume of truck traffic as a result of this development,” emphasized Allianz pro-rail Managing Director Dirk Flege. “Silke Höhl performs important pioneering work for this.”

The jury reflects the diversity of the railway industry

The prizes will be presented to the two winners on this Monday evening at a ceremony in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Further information about the two winners and their work as well as photos can be found here .  

The jury of the “Innovation Prize Mobility Designer” competition reflects the diversity of the rail industry. The jury includes the Verband der Bahnindustrie (VDB) as well as the Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (VDV), the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD), the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB), the Verband der Eisenbahningenieure (VDEI), the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Association of German Engineers). VDI), the University of Stuttgart and the network “Mobility needs women” of the Pro-Rail Alliance as the organizer of the competition.


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