Siemens Mobility orders 14 Ballard 200 kW fuel cell modules for 7 trains; LOI for up 200 additional modules
Ballard Power Systems announced an order for 14 x 200 kW fuel cell modules from Siemens Mobility GmbH, a leading supplier in the development of alternative drives, to power a fleet of seven Mireo Plus H passenger trains. Delivery of the 14 fuel cell modules is expected to start in 2023 with the fleet planned to be in service in Berlin-Brandenburg region in late 2024.
In addition to the initial order of 14 fuel cell modules, Siemens Mobility also signed a letter of intent with Ballard for the supply of 200 fuel cell modules totaling 40 MW over the next six years, including a firm commitment on 100 of the fuel cell modules totaling 20MW. The modules will be used for Siemen’s Mireo Plus H trains.
Siemens Mobility positions the Mireo Plus H as the most suited for long-distance routes, while the battery-powered Mireo Plus B trains are the best choice for distances up to 120 km depending on the configuration. Mireo Plus H trains achieve ranges of up to 600 km as a two-part train, and from 800 to 1,000 km as a three-part train, depending on the line profile and mode of operation.
The hydrogen train is as powerful as electric multiple units. It features a high traction power of 1.7 MW for up to 1.1 m/s² acceleration and a maximum speed of up to 160 km/h.