Sassenberg--Milestone in the growth market of sustainable mobility: technotrans SE is supplying a customized battery cooling system for the world’s first passenger train to be operated with hydrogen fuel cells as part of an order.
It is also the first realized project of the listed company in the field of hydrogen technology. The environmentally friendly refrigerant R1234yf is used in the new cooling system.
“With this project, we are once again demonstrating our technological pioneering role in the field of liquid-based cooling. By successfully transferring our know-how to hydrogen-based mobility, we are consistently expanding our range of applications and thus the product portfolio, ”says Michael Finger, member of the board of technotrans SE. The company developed a specific mobile cooling system in close cooperation with the customer and is the exclusive supplier for the hydrogen trains throughout the project from 2020 to 2023.
Technotrans is thus further expanding its leading market position in the rail segment, expanding its area of expertise and strengthening the business with train-qualified series devices. In its cooling solution, the manufacturer also relies on the refrigerant R1234yf, which is not ozone-depleting and is approximately climate-neutral with a GWP (Global Warming Potential) of 4.
Efficient operation thanks to battery cooling
The emission-free passenger train is initially to replace diesel trains on routes that are difficult or impossible to electrify at all. He combines lithium-ion battery systems with hydrogen fuel cells. When hydrogen and oxygen are converted into water, electricity is generated that charges the batteries and drives the electric motor. The technotrans battery cooling system ensures, among other things, a constant temperature level and thus ensures the efficient and even operation of the hydrogen train.
“Despite the current difficult economic environment, we managed to generate this extensive order. We are sending a positive signal for further development in this growth market, ”emphasizes Finger. The decisive factor for the award was above all the system manufacturer’s many years of expertise in solving problems. “Demanding projects like this require far more than standard off-the-shelf products. A high degree of flexibility and adaptability is required here – and that is exactly our specialty. ”
technotrans is a technology company and a leading system provider for industrial applications in the field of liquid management. The core competencies of the group of companies include technological solutions for cooling and temperature control, for filtration, for handling as well as for measurement and dosing.
Technotrans technology is used in the printing industry, the plastics processing industry, the laser and machine tool industry as well as other markets, among others in medical and scanner technology as well as electromobility.
The business model is divided into two reporting segments: In the Technology segment, the products and systems are developed and produced in the production facilities in Germany, the USA and China. With the Services segment, the technotrans Group complements the range of services with comprehensive services such as installation and maintenance, repairs, spare parts and technical documentation. technotrans is represented with 18 locations in all important markets worldwide.
The strategy of the group of companies is aimed at a long-term increase in company value due to sustainable sales and earnings growth. Through technological innovations and targeted acquisitions, the group of companies continuously opens up new sales markets and increases market penetration.
technotrans is listed in the Prime Standard (ISIN: DE000A0XYGA7 / WKN: A0X YGA) and employs 1,460 people worldwide. Group sales of EUR 207.9 million were achieved in the 2019 financial year.