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HI-ERN researchers plan hydrogen trains with LOHC technology

Jülich, 19 April 2018 – The energy transition (Energiewende) and the problems associated with nitrogen oxide do not stop at the rail industry. Many train routes in Germany are not electrified, particularly on local transport links. In light of the transport ministers’ conference which began in Nuremberg on Thursday, Forschungszentrum Jülich is now presenting an innovative project for railway transport. Scientists from the Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy Production (HI ERN), a branch office of Forschungszentrum Jülich, aim to equip trains with LOHC technology. The technology involves gaseous hydrogen binding to a harmless liquid carrier, which can be safely stored and transported. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology has provided an initial € 3 million in funding for the project.

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