Siemens Mobility and Siemens Energy have signed a memorandum of cooperation on the joint development and offer of hydrogen systems for railway transport. The aim of the project is to jointly develop modern comprehensively solved hydrogen technologies for railway transport, including infrastructure and vehicle part, and thus support the decarbonization of transport.
In the next 20 years, thousands of diesel-powered rail vehicles in Europe will be gradually replaced by more environmentally friendly alternatives. Diesel-powered vehicles currently operate on non-electrified railways. According to local conditions, the use of electric traction drive in 3 basic alternatives to replace these vehicles by emission-free vehicles: line electrification and electric vehicles for contact power supply, charging sources and vehicles with lithium batteries, or hydrogen filling stations and vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells. For each of these technologies, the infrastructure and vehicle parts need to be coordinated. The aim is to jointly offer a system solution for the application of hydrogen.