Project hydrogen in inland sweden

This commitment follows Inlandsbanan's ambition to create a priority completely green freight corridor through half of Sweden without carbon dioxide emissions and is thus an important step in providing industrial players with sustainable and efficient transport.

About the project

Inlandsbanan AB, together with Statkraft, has initiated a feasibility study to investigate infrastructure and logistics for hydrogen production in inland sweden and to investigate hydrogen operation for existing diesel-powered railway vehicles.

Climate change can be seen as the biggest challenge of our time and ever higher demands are placed on the transport sector. At EU, national and local level, transport goals have been set, but society as a whole is also in demand today for innovative and sustainable transport solutions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a possible sustainable and long-term solution for operation on the Inlandsbanan, which lacks the possibility of wired electrical operation. By using hydrogen-powered fuel cells as energy carriers for electric operation, where hydrogen is produced as electrolysis with excess energy from green electricity, no carbon dioxide emissions are emitted, only water vapor.

Background

The Inlandsbanan runs through a very rich raw material landscape where mining and metal-based as well as forest-based industries dominate. Access to stable transport capacity by rail is important for competitiveness.

This commitment follows Inlandsbanan's ambition to create a priority completely green freight corridor through half of Sweden without carbon dioxide emissions and is thus an important step in providing industrial players with sustainable and efficient transport.

Sustainable and carbon dioxide-free passenger transport is also needed to secure the future of the hospitality industry in the interior of Norrland. The assignment from Inlandsbanan AB's owner is to work for growth in the interior. In addition to the forest and mining industry, the experience industry is the inland heavy industry. To promote growth in inland destinations, environmentally friendly and competitive transport options are required for guests from both now strong and emerging markets. Here, carbon-free train transport can be crucial for the inland of Sweden and its attractiveness.

SCOPE AND OBJECTIVE

The feasibility study, which is divided into two areas, involves evaluating and mapping the technical and financial feasibility of this, before a pilot project is carried out.

Hydrogen infrastructure
Focus areas in this will be infrastructure and logistics for hydrogen production close to Inlandsbanan

The ultimate goal of the sub-project is to evaluate the possibility of establishing a green competitive hydrogen production facility at 1–3 locations along the Inlandsbanan and at the same time evaluate the possibility of building a simple, robust and price-competitive logistics solution for hydrogen using rail transport on the Inlandsbanan line and connecting.

Hydrogen rail vehicles
Focus areas in this will be hydrogen operation to replace today's existing diesel-powered railway vehicles.

The ultimate goal of the sub-project is to develop a hydrogen-powered propulsion concept for existing diesel-powered freight line locomotives and to develop a hydrogen-powered train heating trolley / power unit for electricity supply of passenger cars that are transported and / or parked on a non-electrified railway.

The feasibility study will evaluate and map technical and economic feasibility, before the design and implementation phase, for the two subprojects.

The feasibility study is a decision basis for the next project phase: design.

TIMETABLE

The feasibility study is expected to be completed on December 31, 2020.

PARTNERS

Inlandsbanan AB, Statkraft, RISE

CONTACT

Want to know more about the project?

Pedro Raposo, project manager, 076-785 13 13, pedro.raposo@relitor.se

Peter Ekholm, CEO of Inlandsbanan AB, 070- 241 53 16, peter.ekholm@inlandsbanan.se

Per Rosenqvist, CEO of Statkraft Hydrogen Sweden AB, 073-407 77 25, per.rosenqvist@statkraft.com