Siemens Mobility selected Ballard Power Systems to deliver for 14 x 200 kW fuel cell modules to power a fleet of 7 Mireo Plus H trains. The delivery of the 14 fuel cell modules is expected to start in 2023 with the fleet planned to be in service in Berlin-Brandenburg region in late 2024.
“This is a significant milestone for our multi-year collaboration efforts with Siemens Mobility and the future of zero-emission commuter rail in Europe. Our fuel cell technology is an ideal solution to support the heavy payload, long range and rapid refueling requirements of Siemen Mobility’s passenger train fleet,” David Mucciacciaro, Ballard Chief Commercial Officer said.
In addition to the initial order of 14 fuel cell modules, Siemens Mobility also signed a letter of intent with Ballard for the supply of 200 fuel cell modules totaling 40 MW over the next six years, including a firm commitment on 100 of the fuel cell modules totaling 20MW. The modules will be used for Mireo Plus H trains.
“We can only meet climate change targets by increasing rail transport. Our first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains will enable emission-free rail transport on non-electrified routes in Germany,” Jochen Steinbauer, Platform Director H2 Technologies at Siemens Mobility said.
The fuel cell technology will be installed on the Mireo hydrogen train fleet ordered by NEB in June 2022. The contract covers the supply of 7 two-car trains which will enter operation in December 2024 on the Heidekrautbahn network (RB27).
The trains will provide passengers increased comfort and multi-purpose areas for wheelchairs, buggies and bicycles as well specially designated family area.
According to the plans, all the trains on the RB27 line will be powered by green technology and removing the diesel trains and introducing the hydrogen fleet will determine the reduction of CO2 emissions by 3 million kilograms and will also save 1.1 million liters of diesel.