Ballard Power Systems today announced that it has signed a development agreement with Siemens for the development of a zero-emission fuel cell engine to power Siemens’ Mireo light rail train. The Development Agreement has a contemplated value of approximately $9.0 million to Ballard.
Under the terms of the Development Agreement, Ballard will develop a 200 kilowatt fuel caption cell engine for integration into Siemens’ new Mireo train platform. Mireo is a modular commuter train platform designed for speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour). Thanks to lightweight design, energy-efficient components and intelligent onboard network management, the Mireo will consume up to 25% less energy than trains with similar passenger capacity. Initial deployments of the fuel cell-powered Mireo train are planned for 2021.
Railcolor: Alstom, which is now forming a new a combined group with Siemens, was the first to develop a fuel cell train. The first prototypes are on test now and a first order was announced last week. This iLint has fuel cells made by Hydrogenics. Ballard has been working with CRRC (CSR Qingdao Sifang) on developing a fuel cell light rail vehicle.
Currently, Siemens has two orders for its new Mireo platform train, which is currently under development:
- In February 24 units were ordered for the new Rheintal (Netz 4) contract in Baden-Württemberg
- In June 2017 more were ordered for the ‘S-Bahn Rhein-Neckar’ and the ‘Murgtäler Radexpress’ (BaWu Netz 6b)
For both contracts, DB Regio will be the operator responsible for passenger services.