Mobility and Deutsche Bahn presented the H2goesRail project to the public in
November 2020. In addition to the refueling and commissioning tests conducted over
recent months, DB employees have been trained to operate the system when it
are taking a decisive step with our partners today toward the future of
climate-neutral transport. The new Mireo Plus H train emits nothing but water.
It has a range of around 1,000 kilometers, can reach speeds of up to 160 kilometers
per hour, and can be refueled quickly. Over its service life of 30 years, a
single train will save up to 45,000 tons of CO
2 emissions compared
to travel by car,” said Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG.
belongs to the future of mobility. That’s why I am especially pleased that we
have reached the next important milestone in the H2goesRail project today,”
said Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn. “Our goal is clear: We plan for
Deutsche Bahn to be climate-neutral by 2040. And one key lever here is bidding
farewell to diesel fuel. With our
development of a mobile hydrogen fueling station and its associated maintenance
infrastructure, we at Deutsche Bahn are once again showcasing outstanding and
innovative drive technologies and demonstrating how climate-neutral mobility of
tomorrow will work.”
“Hydrogen technology has the potential to make sectors
of mobility CO
2-neutral. This is a milestone for climate protection.
The H2goesRail project demonstrates the innovative power that is being driven
by the funding programs of the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport in
the field of alternative drives. We support the transfer from research and
development to marketable products that is helping accelerate technological
progress and creating the prerequisites for tomorrow’s climate-friendly
mobility. Our goal is to develop and promote modern, quiet and climate-friendly
mobility,” commented Hartmut Höppner, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry
for Digital and Transport.
The project is being funded
with €13.74 million by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport as part
of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.
The Mireo Plus H developed
for the H2goesRail project has a range of up to 800 kilometers, is as powerful as
its electric multiple-unit counterpart, has 1.7 MW of traction power providing
up to 1.1 m/s2 acceleration, and a top speed of 160 kilometers per
One key factor
needed to make hydrogen technology competitive with diesel fuel in daily
operation is a fast refueling process. To provide this, DB has developed a new
method that, for the first time, enables a hydrogen train to be refueled as
fast as a diesel-powered train. This is especially important considering the
closely timed scheduling of DB’s regional passenger service. Hydrogen for the trains
will be produced in Tübingen by DB Energy with green electricity taken directly
from the overhead power line.
the route between Tübingen and Pforzheim, for example, switching from diesel to
the H2goesRail project train will save around 330 tons of CO
emissions a year. In general, and depending on the route, the Mireo Plus H can
save 520 tons of emissions per year (calculated on a total mileage of 200,000
kilometers). The Mireo Plus H will begin test runs in Baden-Württemberg in 2023. As
of 2024, it will be underway in regular passenger service for the H2goesRail project,
operating between Tübingen,
Horb and Pforzheim and replacing a diesel railcar currently in use on that
Siemens Mobility and Deutsche Bahn will also be
showcasing the H2goesRail project and the Mireo Plus H at InnoTrans 2022, the
world’s largest trade fair for railway technology, held in Berlin. The Mireo
Plus H can be visited at stand T06/40, and the mobile hydrogen fueling station
at stand O/630 in the outdoor exhibition area of InnoTrans.