H2goesRail will see Deutsche Bahn work with Siemens Mobility to test and develop a new hydrogen system consisting of a new train and filling station.
Green Hydrogen Systems (GHS) will work with renewable green hydrogen producer Lhyfe to build an electrolyzer at the refueling site in Tübingen, Germany. GHS’s order includes the supply of one HyProvide A90 electrolyzer with a capacity of 0.5 MW to produce green hydrogen from renewable electricity.
The HyProvide electrolyzer has an annual production capacity of approximately 71,000 kg and will be delivered as a turnkey solution in a 20 ft container at the site in Tübingen, Germany. The site will be built in 2024.
Founded in 2007, Green Hydrogen Systems provides standardized and modular electrolyzers that produce green hydrogen using renewable energy – at the lowest levelized cost available, according to the company. Its technology is already in use in Northern Europe, with the rapidly emerging OEM segment as a particular focus of future growth. Backed by growing revenue and a major investment from Nordic Alpha Partners, the company is aggressively scaling its operations.
According to GHS, the H2goesRail project is another opportunity to demonstrate its pressurized alkaline electrolysis equipment as a stable and cost-efficient solution. The technology also operates fully dynamically with the variable load from renewable electricity sources.
The overall goal of the H2goesRail project is to replace diesel trains in Germany, and the learnings from this initiative have the potential to accelerate the energy transition for rail transportation in Europe and globally.
“As a country with a highly advanced hydrogen research landscape, Germany has the potential to become a global leader in the associated green hydrogen technologies. At Green Hydrogen Systems we are working on multiple projects in Germany, and we are thrilled that our electrolysis technology was selected for yet another one which will contribute to Germany’s energy transition,” said Søren Rydbirk, CCO, Green Hydrogen Systems.
Trial operation of the new train and refueling station will begin between Tübingen, Horb, and Pforzheim in Germany in 2024 and last for one year. Approximately 120,000km of scheduled rail service are planned. The route is particularly suitable based on the timetable intervals and topography. Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus H hydrogen train will replace a diesel railcar used on this route and save about 330 tons of CO2.