Germany: DB to transport hydrogen in tank wagons

Deutsche Bahn is being discussed as a supplier of large quantities of hydrogen for the industry. The freight railway said on Sunday that a plan had been created with energy providers for how hydrogen might be delivered in the current tank wagons from the seaports to the interior. This is a practical substitute for intricate pipeline construction. Competitors of Deutsche Bahn, on the other hand, also identify problems with rail travel.

For industrial uses where electrification is not an option, “green” hydrogen is viewed as one of the best prospects in the battle against climate change. However, neither the requisite storage nor distribution networks, nor bigger quantities at affordable pricing, are now available. Germany will be dependent on imports because the necessary amounts won’t be accessible there for many years.

The liquid-bound hydrogen is ready to be loaded into the tank trains, according to Deutsche Bahn. When the hydrogen reaches its industrial users, it should only be removed from its carrier medium so that it may be employed as an energy carrier.

About half of the freight trains that run through Germany are owned by Deutsche Bahn. Currently, there aren’t enough wagons available, and the train system is already very busy.

However, VTG, a rival in the rail industry, is also keeping an eye on the potential new market. The Hamburg firm claims to have unique tank carriages and tank containers available.

Because there are currently no adequate hydrogen pipes. It may also be blended with the current network of natural gas, according to experts, and transported by truck. Another method is to move liquid hydrogen in rail tank cars. In order to provide filling stations for hydrogen locomotives, Deutsche Bahn is also engaged in the development of new hydrogen containers.

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