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Linde to construct hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains in Germany

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Linde has announced it will start construction of the world's first hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains in Bremervörde, Germany, in September.

The construction follows the successful 18-month trial of the world's first two hydrogen trains in the region, which was completed earlier this year.

Linde will build and operate the hydrogen filling station, which is expected to start service in early 2022. The station will fuel 14 hydrogen-powered passenger trains which will be supplied by Alstom to the regional rail traffic provider, LNVG, and will use the network of regional railway company EVB. The hydrogen refuelling station will have a capacity of around 1600 kg of hydrogen per day, making it one of the largest hydrogen stations in terms of nameplate capacity ever built. It will be constructed with scope for future on-site hydrogen generation using electrolysis.

"We are excited to play a key role in this world-leading, innovative project," said David Burns, Linde's Head of Clean Hydrogen. "We have long known that hydrogen as a fuel has the potential to make a significant contribution to decarbonisation. Establishing hydrogen as a zero-emission and efficient fuel for trains will bring tremendous benefits for the environment."

"The construction of the hydrogen filling station in Bremervörde creates the basis for the regular operation of our emission-free hydrogen trains in the EVB network," said Dr Jörg Nikutta, GM of Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH. "We are delighted that Linde, as an experienced hydrogen supplier, is now also taking over the refuelling of the series trains following the successful trial operation."The project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the scope of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

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