Germany is building the world’s first-ever hydrogen fueling station for passenger trains. Work on the facility in the northern town of Bremervörde is set to commence in September.
Gas and engineering company Linde is building the station for the local transport authority LNVG in the state of Lower Saxony. The facility will have a capacity of 1600 kilos of hydrogen a day, making it nominally one of the biggest tanks in the world. It’s scheduled for completion in early 2022.
14 hydrogen trains built by manufacturer Alstom will be refueled there daily. This will allow them to travel 1000 kilometers with zero CO2 emissions.
“The construction of the hydrogen fuel station in Bremervörde will create the basis for the serial operation of our emission-free, hydrogen trains in the rail network around the Weser and Elbe rivers,” said Jörg Nikutta at the ceremonial groundbreaking event.
The project is being supported by the Ministry of Transportation and Digital Infrastructure and the hydrogen promotion agency NOW.