World Rail Innovation with Fuel Cell Drive from Proton Motor

By November 25, 2020 3   min read  (434 words)

November 25, 2020 |

World Rail Innovation with Fuel Cell Drive from Proton Motor
  • First hydrogen-powered rail milling train has an exhaust and noise-free balance.

Puchheim near Munich — Hydrogen as an environmentally friendly energy carrier is also an asset for the railways – and not only for passenger transport. Exhaust-free cleantech innovations are needed for rail maintenance.

The world’s first rail milling train with hydrogen fuel cell drive is based on the technology development of the Bavarian fuel cell expert “Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH” ( The lead project “MG11 H2” of the world market leader for rail milling machines, the Upper Austrian “Linsinger

Maschinenbau Gesellschaft m.b.H.”. (, has now been officially presented to the media as well as to well-known representatives from business and politics at a ceremony at the company headquarters in Steyrermuehl.

For the first special track construction machine of this kind, Proton Motor supplies a tailor-made hydrogen fuel cell system with 214 kW installed fuel cell power – consisting of two fully redundant systems of 107 kW. The high-performance MG11 H2 milling machine features a purely electric travel drive, with the working units also dispensing entirely with hydraulics. Linsinger rail milling machines, which have always been powered by diesel engines, provide an answer to the ever stricter regulations regarding the environmental factors of exhaust gases and noise pollution. Especially in underground railway tunnels, the new machine type based on future-oriented alternative energy supply represents an improvement from an ecological point of view in favor of the desired CO2 neutrality.

In addition, the health risk to the operating crew on the track should also benefit from the emission-free milling concept, which eliminates dust pollution.

About Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH ( With more than 20 years 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 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.


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