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BMW puts 70 hydrogen tugger trains into operation in Leipzig

The BMW Group Leipzig plant is commissioning 70 more hydrogen-powered tugger trains (indoor tugs). These are used in production to supply the assembly lines with supplier parts.

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The BMW Group is working in a consortium including Fronius (manufacturer of fuel cell systems for forklift trucks), Linde Material Handling (goods handling specialist and manufacturer of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks), Günsel Fördertechnik (Linde MH network partner, responsible for sales and Service) as well as the TU Munich (Scientific Accompanying Research).

The consortium is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and its program company, NOW GmbH. As early as 2013, in a first research project in Leipzig, BMW tested eleven hydrogen-powered tractors and forklifts in test operation and identified important fields of action for the current connection project.

The aim of the consortium is to establish a sustainable, sustainable and at the same time economically efficient drive technology in the area of​indoor logistics and to put it on a broad basis. Together with its partners, the consortium is mapping the entire value chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems for indoor logistics.

Specific emphases are on the development, testing, everyday use, economic operation and the construction of a hydrogen infrastructure. The network partners work on the identified challenges in various work packages. These include an operator concept, the standardization of interfaces, a plug & play solution for fleet conversion, the validation of service life and the proof of efficiency in fleet operation. Other focal points include the service and training concept for the operation of the hydrogen fuel cell technology.

As a result, an industry standard “H2Ready” is to be established, which broadly opens the possibility for other manufacturers to use the technology in new or retrofitted vehicles in their own production. The funding of the Federal Ministry aims to advance the technological development of climate-friendly hydrogen and fuel cell technology and make it competitive.

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