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English Español World's first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains to operate in Germany

The hydrogen filling station will replace the existing mobile filling solution. 14 hydrogen-powered regional trains will be refuelled daily starting in 2022.



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World's first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains will be built in Lower Saxony's Bremervoerde, Germany. An eighteen-month test phase for the first two trains was successfully completed at the end of February, and the mobility project is now entering its next phase with the facility construction starting in September this year.

After completion expected in mid-2021, the hydrogen filling station will replace the existing mobile filling solution. With a capacity of around 1,600 kg of hydrogen per day, it is nominally one of the largest hydrogen filling stations in the world. From the beginning of 2022, 14 hydrogen-powered regional trains supplied by Alstom will be refuelled there daily and around the clock if necessary. Multiple-unit trains will be able to run emission-free all day long on the EVB network with just one tank filling. Expansion areas at the filling station will allow hydrogen to be produced on site later using electrolysis and regenerative electricity.

The gases and engineering company Linde will build and operate the hydrogen filling station near Bremervoerde station on behalf of the Lower Saxony Regional Transport Company (LNVG). Other project partners are the rail vehicle manufacturer Alstom, the state of Lower Saxony and the Elbe-Weser Railways and Transport Company (EVB).

The project is subsidized by the national innovation programme for hydrogen and fuel cell technology of the Federal Ministry of Transport, Digital Infrastructure NOW GmbH will coordinate the funding guideline, and Project Management Jülich (PtJ) is responsible for the implementation.

Coradia iLint is the first passenger train in the world to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company. Its industrial gases are used in many applications, including hydrogen for clean fuels.

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