Linde will construct a hydrogen refuelling station for passenger trains in Bremervörde, Germany, which the industrial gases group claims will be the world’s first.

Construction is due to start in September and follows a successful 18-month trial of the world’s first two hydrogen trains in the region.

The station, expected to be operational in early 2022, will fuel 14 hydrogen-powered passenger trains which will be supplied by Alstom to the regional rail traffic provider LNVG, and will use the network of regional railway company EVB.

The hydrogen station will have a capacity of around 1,600kg of hydrogen per day, which Linde said will make it one of the largest hydrogen stations in terms of nameplate capacity ever built.

It will be constructed with scope for future on-site hydrogen generation using electrolysis.

“Establishing hydrogen as a zero emission and efficient fuel for trains will bring tremendous benefits for the environment,” said David Burns, Linde’s Head of Clean Hydrogen.

Dr. Jörg Nikutta, General Manager of Alstom Transport Deutschland, added, “The construction of the hydrogen filling station in Bremervörde creates the basis for the regular operation of our emission-free hydrogen trains in the EVB network.”