SIEMENS starts to develop own Hydrogen Train TechnologyWritten by Chris Kwacz
Siemens Mobility and Siemens Energy just sign hydrogen research agreement to develop own technology for hydrogen trains using the Mireo Plus H platform merged with own created hydrogen powered rolling stock. The Mireo Plus H SIEMENS Hydrogen train will start the tests in 2021!
SIEMENS Mobility and newly spun-off firm Siemens Energy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop standardised technology for hydrogen trains, with the aim of providing a complete, holistic hydrogen-based rail solution.
Under the agreement, Siemens Mobility will focus on the development and manufacture of hydrogen-powered rolling stock. The company is currently developing a modular hydrogen fuel cell drive for its Mireo Plus H regional train platform, which it plans to subsequently integrate into other platforms. Siemens Mobility will also provide any required depot equipment and rolling stock maintenance for customers. The Fuel Cells for Mireo Plus H will be provided by Canadian company Ballard Power.
The MoU follows public listing of 55% of Siemens Energy’s shares as part of a wider corporate restructuring of the Siemens Group on September 28. Consequently, the Siemens Group no longer holds a controlling stake in the company, and Siemens Energy is no longer part of the Group.
Albrecht Neumann, CEO of rolling stock at Siemens Mobility: “Our cooperation with Siemens Energy paves the way for sustainable and climate-friendly mobility. This way we can support our customers in replacing their diesel-powered trains on non-electrified lines with emission-free hydrogen-powered trains over the longer term. We can even offer hydrogen as a ‘hydrogen as a service’ model for a train’s service life.”