From 2022 the hydrogen refuelling station in Bremervörde will supply a total of 14 hydrogen-operated regional trains. The hydrogen refuelling station will be built and operated by Linde. The Landesnahverkehrgesellschaft Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony regional transport company) is the contracting authority. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the framework of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

Bremervörde, 28 July 2020 – In Bremervörde, Lower Saxony, the world’s first hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains will go into operation from September. An 18-month test phase for the first two trains was successfully completed at the end of February. The mobility project is now entering its next phase.

Commissioned by the Landesnahverkehrgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG), the gas and engineering company Linde will construct and operate the hydrogen refuelling station near the Bremervörde train station. The other project partners are the rail vehicle manufacturers Alstom, the federal state of Lower Saxony, and railway and transport company Elbe-Weser (evb). The project is funded in the amount of around 4.3 million euros in the framework of the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

Following the anticipated completion in mid-2021, the hydrogen refuelling station will replace the mobile refuelling solution previously used. With a capacity of around 1,600 kg hydrogen per day, it is nominally the largest hydrogen refuelling station in the world. From the beginning of 2022, 14 hydrogen-operated regional trains supplied by Alstom will be refuelled there daily and around the clock when necessary. Thanks to a range of 1,000 kilometres, the multiple unit trains can run emission-free on the evb network on a single tank for the entire day. Expansion areas at the refuelling station will facilitate a subsequent on-site hydrogen generation facility by means of electrolysis and regeneratively produced electricity.