Starting signal for the hydrogen filling station in German Hesse, Infraserv Höchst, 2020

Starting signal for world’s second hydrogen filling station for passenger trains in Germany

Train builder Alstom, German traffic association Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) and industrial zone operator Infraserv Höchst are working together on the construction of a hydrogen filling station for passenger trains. It will be the second hydrogen filling station for trains worldwide and will be located in an industrial area in Hesse, Germany. The station is scheduled to be completed in 2022.

The filling station will be built in the coming months in the Höchst Industrial Park in Hesse, and is the second hydrogen filling station for passenger trains worldwide. From December 2022, the filling station will supply the fuel cell-powered trains of the regional train fleet with hydrogen.

State Secretary Deutschendorf of the Ministry of Economy, Energy, Transport and Housing of Hesse, together with RMV director Knut Ringat, Jörg Nikutta, director of Alstom in Germany and Austria and Jofachim Kreysing, director of Infraserv Höchst, gave the starting signal for the project on Monday 26 October. The world’s first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains is being built in Germany as well, the filling station in Bremervörde in Lower Saxony should also be operational by 2022.

Emission-free mobility

“Hessen is at the forefront of the development towards climate and environmentally friendly mobility, as this regional project demonstrates,” said State Secretary Deutschendorf. “In 2022, clean fuel cell trains will replace the old diesel vehicles. These are electrically powered without overhead wires, which could also be an interesting alternative for other regions.”

The project is of great importance to the transport company RMV. “With Alstom’s fuel cell trains, RMV is entering a new chapter in emission-free mobility at RMV,” said RMV director Knut Ringat. “We are setting a world record with the 27 vehicles. There is no larger fuel cell powered train fleet in local public transport worldwide.” The total order volume is 500 million euros.

The Coradia iLint hydrogen train by Alstom

Coradia iLint hydrogen train

Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen trains can run all day on the RMV network, with to a range of up to 1,000 kilometers. They will replace the diesel locomotives of Fahma, a subsidiary of RMV, on the lines Frankfurt-Höchst – Bad Soden, Frankfurt-Königstein, Frankfurt – Bad Homburg – Brandoberndorf and Friedrichsdorf – Friedberg. The trains powered by a fuel cell only emit water vapor and condensation, and are also very quiet.

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Author: Esther Geerts

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