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GREAT NEWS: DB Cargo develops economical transport solution for large quantities of hydrogen

GREAT NEWS: DB Cargo develops economical transport solution for large quantities of hydrogen
photo: Deutsche Bahn/GREAT NEWS: DB Cargo develops economical transport solution for large quantities of hydrogen
13 / 09 / 2022

DB Cargo wants to transport urgently needed hydrogen by freight train in the future. This concept represents an efficient alternative to pipelines for hydrogen. Because these do not yet exist.

The German government estimates the annual demand for hydrogen at around 100 terawatt-hours by 2030. By comparison, total electricity consumption in Germany was recently around 580 terawatt-hours per year. "Hydrogen will play a weighty role in the future energy mix. There are currently many new initiatives on how green hydrogen can reach Germany by sea," says Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, head of DB Cargo AG and member of the DB Group's Management Board responsible for freight transport. "We have developed a solution for this that brings hydrogen easily and efficiently from the ports to consumers in the hinterland, especially to our industrial customers. In this way, we are creating a safe and efficient supply chain for German industry."

Dr. Nikutta continued, "The German rail network is an environmental network with more than 35,000 kilometers of track. DB Cargo alone serves more than 2,100 interfaces, customer connections, terminals, and inland ports in the process. Green hydrogen needs green logistics - and we can already offer that today."

Hydrogen imported into Germany is usually not gaseous but bound in liquids. This means it can be transported easily and efficiently by ocean-going vessels. DB Cargo, in cooperation with energy suppliers, has developed a concept for transporting it to recipients far from seaports. The hydrogen is left in this liquid bond. This means that the usual tank cars can be used for rail freight transport. They are already in widespread use today in the chemical industry. Only where hydrogen is to be used as an energy source is the cargo "cracked" back into its components, the hydrogen separated and used as an energy carrier.

DB Cargo is involved in a wide range of hydrogen logistics solutions. Europe's largest rail freight operator is also a co-partner in the "Reallabor Burghausen ChemDelta Bavaria" - a non-profit company in the Bavarian chemical triangle. Hydrogen, a technology of the future, is being tested here in tough everyday industrial conditions.

DB Cargo is also involved in the development of innovative hydrogen containers and is testing the logistics of pure hydrogen. This solution makes sense when it comes to the small-scale distribution of pure hydrogen to decentralized customers and users - for example, hydrogen filling stations. In very concrete terms, DB Cargo is also organizing the delivery of DB Regio's hydrogen trains, which are currently being tested in practical operation on various lines.

 

Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases

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