DB develops hydrogen ammonia engines for trains

Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), an Australian energy business, and Deutsche Bahn (DB) have committed to a wide-ranging partnership.

For the first time, both partners are working on upgrading diesel engines for locomotives and traction vehicles so they can run on hydrogen ammonia in a first project.

In agreement, both parties signed a statement of intent. The agreement covers collaboration on supply chains and logistics for green fuels in addition to the development of emission-free motor technology.

The ammonia-fueled hydrogen engine is based on a diesel engine already in use. This will be changed to use renewable energy-produced green hydrogen and green ammonia. Ammonia has a larger energy density than liquid hydrogen and is thus simpler to transport and store, giving it an advantage over a pure hydrogen engine.

The engine’s initial prototype is now undergoing testing. This technology is being improved by DB and FFI, who are also testing for emissions and durability. Both businesses are contributing a combined total of half a six-figure sum to the development project.

The partnership also emphasizes the creation, movement, and distribution of both energy sources as possible green supply chains.

FFI plans to manufacture a lot of hydrogen and market it as green ammonia all over the world. DB is a potential customer with significant internal demands and is now exploring a wide range of hydrogen-using technologies.

DB Cargo, a division of DB, is creating effective and ecologically friendly logistics ideas to provide ammonia and other hydrogen derivatives to the industry.