Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop and offer holistic hydrogen systems for trains.
The signing follows shortly after the spin-off and public listing of Siemens Energy which officially took place on 28.09.2020. Although Siemens Energy is now no longer part of the Siemens Group, the group remains its main shareholder.
With the MoU the companies show that they expect that hydrogen-trains can become a true alternative to diesel-electric trains so passenger operators can reduce their carbon footprint on not-electrified lines – which are still plenty.
The companies expect that in the next decades ‘thousands’ of muliple units, diesel-electric trains, will have to be replaced.
Most manufacturers and operators are currently exploring the technology of battery-electric trains (BEMU) and hydrogen trains (HMU) – the two solutions that seem to be the most viable at the moment. Siemens Mobility has already presented its train concepts for both solution.
Siemens Energy and Siemens Mobility plan to jointly develop a standardized hydrogen infrastructure solution for fueling the hydrogen-powered trains of Siemens Mobility,