Siemens rolls out first Mireo Plus H hydrogen train

Image: Siemens Mobility

Siemens Mobility presented its first Mireo Plus H hydrogen train at its factory in Krefeld on Thursday. The train was unveiled as part of the H2goesRail project, a joint endeavour with Deutsche Bahn (DB).

The Mireo Plus H hydrogen train was rolled out in a two-car configuration and has a range of around 800 kilometres. The three-car version can reach up to 1,000 kilometres. The top speed of the train set is 160 kilometres per hour.
Alongside the Mireo Plus H hydrogen train, which will begin testing in Baden-Württemberg in 2023, the two partners on Thursday also unveiled a mobile hydrogen storage trailer for fast mobile refuelling.

Once the trial phase is complete, the Mireo Plus H will be entered into service between Tübingen, Horb and Pforzheim in 2024, where it will run for at least 120,000 kilometres.

The Mireo Plus H was rolled out in a two-car configuration. Image: Siemens Mobility

Contribution to the fight against climate change

Together, DB and Siemens Mobility are developing a hydrogen system for the rail sector, which should eventually include the production of green hydrogen, fast refuelling infrastructure and hydrogen rolling stock.

According to the partners, fast refuelling is key to the future success of hydrogen trains, and the DB and Siemens are working to make the process as fast as that of a regular diesel train. The hydrogen itself will be produced by DB using green electricity.

DB and Siemens Mobility estimate that a hydrogen train running 200,000 kilometres per year can result in annual savings of more than 500 tonnes of CO2.

“Only with a strong rail system and alternative types of drives will we be able to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change”, Siemens Mobility ceo Michael Peter commented.

“For Deutsche Bahn, hydrogen trains are an important component on our way to achieving climate neutrality by 2040,” board member Dr. Daniela Gerd tom Markotten added.

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Chief Editor, RailTech.com

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