LINSINGER has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell powered rail milling machine, which the company says is a world first, and is the result of a multi-year research and development project.
The new MG11 H2 machine is equipped with Linsinger’s electric drive and milling technology, which facilitated the shift to a hydrogen powered machine.
The Austrian supplier says The MG11 H2 offers the same performance capability as a machine fitted with a traditional combustion engine, with the single hydrogen tank able to work a single shift including travelling to and from the work site.
The chemical reaction that takes place in the fuel cell between hydrogen and oxygen results in the generation of electricity and water as the sole by-products from the traction process. Combined with the company’s clean milling technology, which offers no sparks or dust and which all by-products are collected and recycled, Linsinger says its milling process has become even more sustainable.
The MG 11H2 will be available by mid-2021, and the fuel cell technology will be applicable to all milling machine types in the company’s portfolio.
“In times of (Covid-19) crisis it is more than ever important to send a positive signal and to look ahead,” says Mr Günter Holleis, Linsinger CEO. “My vision for 2030 is a hydrogen-powered rail sector to support the goal of climate neutral mobility.”