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Hydrogen applications in rail vehicles.

Development of a railway-specific standard for hydrogen applications in rail vehicles

Separate technical regulations and standards are to be drawn up for the approval of hydrogen-powered rail vehicles in order to simplify the implementation and approval process for hydrogen and fuel cell technology in rail vehicles.

IndustryRailway industry / Rail vehicles
ClientDeutsches Zentrum für Schienenverkehrsforschung (DZSF) beim Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (EBA)
ParticipantsTÜV Rheinland Group, TÜV Saarland Automobil GmbH
Time frameThe project is designed to last 12 months and will run until fall 2021.
Main Services
  • Promoting and sustainably strengthening the use of alternative drive systems in rail traffic
  • Preparation of technical regulations and standards for the approval of hydrogen-powered rail vehicles, including safety concept


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Global standards for new technologies are needed to minimize the risks associated with the use of innovative products and processes. While around 150 years ago, it was steam engines that became safer thanks to the work of TÜV Rheinland, today the focus is on storage systems for renewable energies, the safety of networked industrial plants, artificial intelligence, or the development of a sustainable hydrogen economy, for example.