Siemens and German railway company Deutsche Bahn announced their plans to test a hydrogen-powered train Later, the company retired about 1,300 diesel trains, with the range of these modern, environmentally friendly trains reaching about 600 kilometers. The two companies said in a joint statement that the train tests will begin with the beginning of 2024 and will continue until the end.
According to the UAE Future Observatory website, the speed of the two-car train reaches 160 kilometers per hour and takes 15 minutes to be fully charged..
The Merio Plus H train connects three cities in the state of Baden-Württemberg, eliminating the release of about 330 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Michael Peter, CEO of Siemens, said, “Hydrogen engines are advanced and emission-free, reducing the carbon footprint of rail transport and being an important factor in achieving our climate goals..”
Deutsche Bahn operates about 1,300 diesel trains in the national rail network. The proportion of non-electric railways reaches about 40% of the train network, which is equivalent to 33,000 kilometers. The company intends to phase out all diesel trains by 2050.
The Merio is a two-car train, powered by a battery and fuel cells, that turns hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, and has a range of 600 kilometers, but Siemens plans to develop another three-car train with a range of 1,000 kilometers. “It does not matter whether the train is powered by electricity or hydrogen, as long as it relies on renewable energy sources,” said Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Our country is seeking leadership in modern and sustainable rail transport. “
Hydrogen has become a promising energy source for rail transportation networks. The French company Alstom tested a hydrogen train in northern Germany between 2018 and 2020, and then expanded its services to Austria. Legislative European authorities have rejected Siemens’s Alstom acquisition proposal, arguing that it affects competition in developing railway systems and high-speed trains.