Siemens Mobility orders 14 Ballard 200 kW fuel cell modules for 7 trains; LOI for up 200 additional modules
25 September 2022
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.
' 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.'
A pretty straightforward choice driven by the application.
If and when batteries improve, so they may become suitable for longer distances.
And if the economics of hydrogen etc improve, then it might be easier to use them on shorter runs too.
No need for Godlike, 'from first principles' edicts.
Posted by: Davemart | 25 September 2022 at 01:40 AM