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Linde to build and operate world's first hydrogen refueling station for passenger trains

July 29/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde has announced it will start construction of the world's first hydrogen refueling station for passenger trains at Bremervorde, Germany, in September, reported Chemweek.

This follows the successful 18-month trial of the world's first two hydrogen trains in the region, which was completed earlier this year.
Linde will build and operate the hydrogen filling station, which is expected to start service in early 2022. The station 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 refueling station will have a capacity of around 1,600 kilograms of hydrogen/day, making it one of the largest hydrogen stations in terms of nameplate capacity ever built. It will be constructed with scope for future onsite hydrogen generation using electrolysis.
"We are excited to play a key role in this world-leading, innovative project. We have long known that hydrogen as a fuel has the potential to make a significant contribution to decarbonization. Establishing hydrogen as a zero-emission and efficient fuel for trains will bring tremendous benefits for the environment," says David Burns, head of clean hydrogen at Linde.
"The construction of the hydrogen filling station in Bremervorde creates the basis for the regular operation of our emission-free hydrogen trains in the EVB network," says Jorg Nikutta, general manager of Alstom Transport Deutschland. "We are delighted that Linde, as an experienced hydrogen supplier, is now also taking over the refueling of the series trains following the successful trial operation."

The project is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the scope of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology.

As MRC informed before, in February 2020, Linde PLC received a contract to provide technology for PJSC Sibur Holdings cracker at Amur gas chemical complex (GCC). GCC is an integrated 1.5 million tons per year polyethylene and polypropylene production complex to be built near Svobodny in Russias far-east Amur region. The contract was awarded to Linde under a consortium with Sibur subsidiary and project contractor NIPIgazpererabotka (Nipigaz). As per the agreement, Linde will deliver engineering, procurement, and site services based on its proprietary technology for the GCCs cracker.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia dropped in January-June 2020 by 7% year on year to 328,000 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the main decrease in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia rose in the first six months of 2020 by 21% year on year to 105,300 tonnes. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Sibur Holding, Linde Group, Germany, Russia.
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