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Energy Transition: Deutsche Bahn wants to transport hydrogen


Energy Transition: Deutsche Bahn wants to transport hydrogen

Hydrogen is regarded as a beacon of hope for a green energy supply. However, the necessary storage and distribution networks for the energy source are still missing in Germany. Now Deutsche Bahn has come into play as a supplier. - GlobeEcho

Deutsche Bahn has offered to supply large quantities of hydrogen for industry. A concept has been developed with energy suppliers as to how hydrogen can be transported from the seaports to the hinterland in the existing tank wagons of the freight railway, the railway said. This is an efficient alternative to the complex construction of pipelines.

Still dependent on imports

The competitors of the railways, on the other hand, also see obstacles for rail transport. “Green” hydrogen is considered one of the hopes in the fight against climate change, especially for those industrial applications in which electrification is not possible.

So far, however, there are neither larger quantities at competitive prices nor the necessary storage and distribution networks. Because the required quantities will not be available in Germany for many years, Germany will be dependent on imports.

Competition so far reserved

Deutsche Bahn wants to load the liquid-bound hydrogen into the tank wagons as it is. The hydrogen should only be separated from its carrier medium when it reaches the recipients in industry, so that it can be used as an energy carrier. “This is how we create a secure and efficient supply chain for the German economy,” advertised Cargo boss Sigrid Nikutta.

Deutsche Bahn owns about half of the freight trains that travel through Germany. Your competitors are still cautious when it comes to hydrogen. Your association Netzwerk Europäischer Eisenbahnen points out that transport by train is significantly more inefficient than by pipeline. The number of wagons is currently limited and the rail network is already heavily used.

Also possible by truck

Nevertheless, rail competitor VTG also has an eye on the possible new business area. According to the Hamburg company, they have special tank wagons and tank containers on offer. Because suitable hydrogen pipelines do not yet exist.

It can also be transported by truck and, according to experts, also mixed into the existing natural gas network. The transport of liquid hydrogen in rail tank cars is also a way. Deutsche Bahn is also involved in the development of new hydrogen containers, for example to supply filling stations for hydrogen locomotives.

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