DB Cargo developing rail transport solution for hydrogen
DB Cargo aims to transport industrial volumes of hydrogen in the near future. To that end, it is working on a supply chain solution for the transport from sea ports to consumers in the hinterland.
Part of the solution is to use existing tankwagons, as most of the hydrogen that Germany currently imports is in liquid form. “DB Cargo alone serves more than 2,100 interfaces, customer connections, terminals and inland ports. Green hydrogen needs green logistics – and we can already offer that today”, DB Cargo head Sigrid Nikutta says.
DB Cargo is also working on dedicated hydrogen tank wagons to transport pure hydrogen, meaning as a gas. However, for the time being this would only benefit small-scale operations, such as hydrogen filling stations.
Carrying hydrogen via rail should fast-track the use of hydrogen on Germany’s energy mix, especially as a pipeline network to that end is non-existent. DB Cargo offered no timeframe for its plans, but hinted that it wants to take significant steps in the current decade.
Rail Infra Forum 2022
The developments in sustainable rolling stock and the associated infrastructure such as recharging and refuelling, are the central theme of the Rail Infra Forum on 12 and 13 October in Berlin. From alternative fuels and batteries in passenger rail to on-track machines, and from recharging batteries under catenary to hydrogen refuelling. The programme and speakers can be found on the event website.
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