Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and Deutsche Bahn (DB) to cooperate on research investigating green hydrogen and ammonia gas fuels in rail applications.
FFI and DB have ambitious climate targets and are moving as quickly as possible to remove diesel from their operations and replace it with green fuels and zero-emission solutions.
This agreement outlines a proposal for FFI to participate in DB’s research and development into a carbon-free internal combustion engine, with the research potential to accelerate Fortescue’s Green Fleet rail delivery program.
The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed between FFI and DB, which centres on the companies’ intentions to work collaboratively on decarbonisation technology opportunities.
FFI & DB’s partnership builds on Fortescue’s announcement in March 2022 to develop with FFI and WAE the world’s first regenerating battery electric iron ore train, pre-feasibility studies are progressing, with the delivery of the first Infinity Train scheduled to be operational by the end of 2027.
Dr Andrew Forrest, Fortescue founder and Executive Chairman, said, “Fortescue is developing green hydrogen and green energy innovations and technology, with a specific focus on decarbonising hard-to-abate industries.”
Dr Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, the DB Board Member, said, “This engine makes it possible to continue operating existing diesel vehicles without emissions. Our customers are already travelling by the most climate-friendly means of transport. By 2040, the railway will be completely climate-neutral.“