Hydrogen Refuelling Stations for Trains · Saskia Schulz Wins Innovation Prize

Allianz pro Schiene, the German Pro-Rail Alliance, has issued an award for a world premiere: hydrogen refuelling stations for trains.

The ‘innovation prize for shaping mobility 2019’ has gone to 28-year-old Saskia Schulz for her contribution to environmentally friendly transport. The Alstom employee and her team developed the concept for the world’s first hydrogen refuelling station for trains. It will become operational in Bremervörde, Germany, in December 2021. This will coincide with Alstom delivering 14 additional Coradia iLint hydrogen trains to Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG).

Hydrogen Refuelling Stations for Trains

Alstom, together with its partners Eisenbahn- und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser, the Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen and fuel gas provider Linde, will celebrate the second world premiere in the small town of Bremervörde in Lower Saxony in December 2021. The company’s pre-production Coradia iLint hydrogen trains have been in operation on the regional rail network between Bremervörde, Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven since 2018.

Coradia iLint at InnoTrans 2018
Alstom’s Coradia iLint at InnoTrans 2018

The refuelling station would deliver hydrogen in its gaseous, not liquid state. At the moment, the iLint in Bremervörde is refuelled via a mobile refuelling station. This is a 40-foot steel container that pumps the hydrogen into the train.

Saskia Schulz said:

“Two pioneering technologies are coming together here – local passenger rail transport and hydrogen as an energy source. This allows us to offer emission-free rail services on routes where electrification is not possible because it either is not cost-effective or because there are authorisation issues.”

This innovation makes the environmentally-friendly diesel alternative even more attractive.

Saskia Schulz completed a degree at DHBW Mannheim in engineering while also working at Deutsche Bahn as first a student apprentice and then as a project manager. She then went on to do her M.Sc. at the Beuth-Hochschule für Technik in Berlin in business administration & engineering / mechanical engineering. Having joined Alstom in 2017 as Project Manager Infrastructure Fuel Cell Trains, she is now Business Development Manager at Alstom.

Every year the Pro-Rail Alliance celebrates women who shape and redesign mobility with their innovative ideas.

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