Project start: “Accompanying research for rail infrastructure”

Berlin, 29.10.2015 – The accompanying research project on the issue of “Hydrogen rail infrastructure” within the National Innovation Programme (NIP) of the Federal Government has been relaunched. Coordinating with the relevant stakeholders (e.g. railway companies, Alstom Deutschland AG, the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP)) and regional actors (e.g. state agencies, commissioning authorities of the regional rail services), the accompanying research project will develop appropriate action plans.

Including the different provision options for hydrogen, legal framework conditions and the anticipated investment costs in infrastructure and operation, suitable routes will be identified for supplying hydrogen. These findings will be rounded off with acceptance management, suggestions for suitable forms of citizen participation as well as thoughts on synergies in coordination with other modes of transport.

The research project, which runs until March 2016, will examine the technical, legal and economic requirements for hydrogen integration into existing rail infrastructure. The contract for the Europe-wide tendered project was awarded to Ernst & Young GmbH (LBST), and they will be technically supported by Kanzlei Becker Büttner Held, TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH, SIGNON Deutschland GmbH and IFOK GmbH. The project is funded by the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) GmbH represents the interests of the BMVI in dealing with the project partners and is their contact partner in terms of content.