World’s First Hydrogen Powered Train Launched

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The world’s first hydrogen powered train wheeled for the first time in Germany on September 17, 2018, which uses eco-friendly technology.

Germany became the first country to run hydrogen powered train, by rolling two bright blue Coradia iLint trains on a 100-kilometer route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde, and Buxtehude in northern Germany. The initiative taken by Germany is a major step in signaling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains.

French TGV-maker Alstom were the developers of blue Coradia iLint trains, hydrogen-powered train. “The world’s first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production,” Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said during the unveiling ceremony of the eco-friendly train. The company has plans to build dozens of the zero-emissions trains to Lower Saxony state by 2021, while other cities of Germany has also expressed interest in buying hydrogen powered trains.

Hydrogen train uses an efficient technology to convert electricity by consuming hydrogen and oxygen, while emitting steam and water. The excess energy is stored in ion lithium batteries on board the train. The capacity and efficiency of Coradia iLint trains is the same as diesel trains, and can run about one thousand kilometers on a single tank of hydrogen.

Though the cost of hydrogen-powered train is very expensive as compared to diesel engines, however the maintenance for power consumption is very low, which in the long run could be profitable. “Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” added Stefan Schrank, the project’s manager at Alstom.

Other countries including Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and Canada are looking forward to bring hydrogen-powered trains in their rails very soon.

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