Energy supply for alternative drives
In addition to the further electrification of the DB rail network, DB Netze Energy is also implementing supply solutions for rolling stock with alternative drives. To this end, DB Netze Energy is pursuing various technological approaches:
- With regard to the energy provision of battery-powered trainsno. 45, the implementation and financing agreement for charging infrastructure for regional rail passenger transport in the Schleswig-Holstein battery-powered network between the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the regional authority NAH.Schleswig-Holstein, as well as DB Netze Track and DB Netze Energy was entered into in the first half of 2022. In addition, plans to establish recharging infrastructure in Pfalznetz in Rhineland-Palatinate and in the Lower Rhine-Münsterland network in North Rhine-Westphalia were pushed forward in collaboration with DB Netze Track.
- DB Netze Energy is a project partner in a joint project funded by the BMDV between DB Group and Siemens Mobility for the approval and testing of the Mireo Plus H fuel cell train, which has been newly developed by
Siemens Mobility, for regional rail passenger transport. Within this project, DB Netze Energy is responsible for developing an innovative supply infrastructure for hydrogenno. 53. In the first half of 2022, production of mobile hydrogen fueling facilities as part of the innovative supply infrastructure was completed.
- DB Netze Energy supports the testing and regular use of alternative fuels within DB Group. Since mid-2020, this has included a field test of advanced TrainLabno. 159, in which supply with 100% HVO fuel no. 164 provided via a mobile tank container. The test supply and operation of the mobile tank container was extended again in the first half of 2022 for another six months until the end of 2022.
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