Shell supplies Deutsche Bahn with HVO for rail applications

Approaching rail as a sector that can be difficult to decarbonise, Shell supplies Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) to Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway company, for its non-electrified rail applications.

It started with the Sylt Shuttle train, which is one of the best known and most scenic train connections in Germany. This is an important step to demonstrate the importance of clean HVO channels for existing transport modes to achieve substantial decarbonization.

“HVO is a fully renewable diesel fuel that meets the requirements of the EN 15940 standard for paraffinic diesel fuels. For this application, we purchase HVO derived from waste and residue, which does not compete with food and feed production,” said Felix Balthasar, director of Shell Specialty Fuels. “HVO plays a crucial role in helping to meet customer requirements for sustainable fuel solutions without altering fueling infrastructure or vehicle drivelines.”

Shell is also working with Volkswagen and Bosch and other partners to produce renewable low-carbon R33 blue diesel and blue petrol for use in existing vehicles. Both fuels are blended by Shell and contain up to 33% renewable content, which helps to ensure a reduction in carbon emissions of at least 20% per km driven and with an offset of the remaining emissions.

R33 Blue Diesel is a high quality diesel that contains up to 33% renewable content and meets the European standard EN 590 for diesel fuel. It is technically comparable to a standard diesel fuel compatible with traditional transmissions and existing refueling infrastructure, while helping consumers reduce their CO emissions.2 emissions and meet their carbon reduction targets. There are already more than 10 public filling stations for R33 Blue Diesel throughout Germany, which also gives the general public access to high-quality, sustainable fuels.

Blue Gasoline complies with European standard EN 228/E10 and exceeds it in parameters such as storage stability and distillation behavior. The fuel is therefore particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid vehicles. Lately, to complete the renewable fuels portfolio, the ADAC GT Masters uses Blue Gasoline 98 GT Masters for the German GT Championship. This innovative new product contains around 50% sustainable components (compared to around 10% in standard E10 fuel). ADAC GT Masters and Shell are making an important contribution to improving the reduction of carbon emissions in motorsports thanks to the new fuel.

Shell recognizes that a wide range of cleaner energy solutions are needed across the many modes of transport; HVO, R33 Blue Diesel and Shell Blue Gasoline are available for immediate application. Vehicles using the above renewable fuels across all sectors and applications have traveled approximately 500 million km since 2018.

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