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    Siemens - First hydrogen-powered trains for the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region


    June 27, 2022 - ENP Newswire

     

      Siemens Mobility has been commissioned by Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) to deliver seven two-car Mireo Plus H trains for the Heidekrautbahn network (RB27) in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region.

      Equipped with a fuel cell drive system and a lithium-ion battery, this second-generation hydrogen train provides completely CO emission-free mobility.

      'Today, traveling by train is by far the most climate-friendly way to travel. We are especially proud that our first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains will also enable emission-free rail transport on non-electrified routes,' said Michael Peter, CEO Siemens Mobility. 'Our Mireo Plus H is a next-generation hydrogen train that combines innovation with sustainability. Thanks to its long range, faster acceleration, and state-of-the-art technologies, it will set new standards in zero-emission passenger transport.'

      'We are proud to operate the Heidekrautbahn, the first rail network in the Berlin-Brandenburg region that will be using hydrogen fuel cell trains,' said Detlef Brocker, CEO Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB). 'With Siemens Mobility, Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn has an experienced and reliable partner at its side. The highly innovative hydrogen-powered trains are not only environmentally friendly, but also provide modern equipment and features tailored to the needs of our passengers. Moreover, the manufacturer's direct involvement in maintaining the trains will ensure a high level of security regarding train availability. By operating a technologically and ecologically upgraded railway, we want to actively support the energy and transportation transition and make local public transport for commuter service and tourism more attractive.'

      The Mireo Plus H is a highly advanced, second-generation hydrogen train featuring a hydrogen-powered traction system with 1.7 MW of traction power providing up to 1.1 m/s2 acceleration and a top speed of 160 km/h. In addition, the train has the lowest lifecycle costs on the market and can be refueled in just 15 minutes. The Mireo's energy-saving and environmentally friendly design is based on its self-supporting, welded and integral lightweight aluminum construction. The train's improved aerodynamics together with its energy-efficient components and intelligent electrical system management also help reduce emissions and the use of resources.

      The two-car trains feature comfortably designed, spacious interiors. Passengers benefit from free WiFi, dynamic real-time displays of passenger information, a specially designated family area, and two multi-purpose areas with generous space for buggies, wheelchairs and up to twelve bicycles. The powered cars have three doors on each side that enable passengers in wheelchairs or with buggies to easily board or exit the train, even on lower platforms. A new signage design in the cars also facilitates speedy, uncomplicated and, above all, barrier-free passenger exchanges.

      The order placed with Siemens Mobility also includes a ten-year service and spare parts contract (TSSSA) up to 2034. Siemens Mobility will thus ensure the availability of the trains over the entire term of the transport contract. The service contract not only covers the provision of all necessary maintenance, servicing and repair activities, but their continuous further development and adaptation to the customer-specific use of the trains operating on the Heidekrautbahn.

      The use of hydrogen-powered trains on the Heidekrautbahn is part of a scientifically supported joint pilot project funded by the federal government and the states of Berlin and Brandenburg. The project is focused on setting up a regional, sustainable hydrogen infrastructure that also includes a hybrid power plant and a tank system. All train operations on the RB27 line are to be carried out exclusively with green - that is, regenerative and regionally produced - energy. By switching from diesel to hydrogen, Heidekrautbahn will reduce its annual CO emissions by around three million kilos and save 1.1 million liters of diesel.

      Siemens Mobility is a separately managed company of Siemens AG. As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services. With digitalization, Siemens Mobility is enabling mobility operators worldwide to make infrastructure intelligent, increase value sustainably over the entire lifecycle, enhance passenger experience and guarantee availability. In fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021, Siemens Mobility posted revenue of EUR9.2 billion and had around 39,500 employees worldwide.

      Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) provides local rail passenger mobility in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. The roots of the more than 120-year-old, richly traditional company lie in the region and are at the same time both aspiration and motivation for ensuring environmentally friendly connections between cities and rural areas. Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn-AG owns and operates the Heidekrautbahn network to the north of Berlin and plans to reactivate the Heidekrautbahn mainline (RB28) by 2024. As a railway company, NEB Betriebsgesellschaft mbH operates eleven regional railway lines in the north and east of Brandenburg on behalf of the Verkehrsverbundes Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB). In 2021, Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn was again awarded the contract to operate the Ostbrandenburg network (NOB2) until 2036 and the Heidekrautbahn network until 2034.

      Contact:

      Silke Thomson-Pottebohm

      Tel: +49 174 306 3307

      Email: Silke.Thomson-Pottebohm@siemens.com

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