Are Hydrogen Powered Trains the Future?

By Patrick Brogan

 

Environmentalists rejoice, the future has arrived. The first hydrogen-powered commercial train is up and running in Germany. The Coradia iLint was developed by Alstom. The spec sheet is impressive, too. The train can do 600 miles on a single tank, similar to a diesel-powered engine, has low-level noise and the exhaust produced is steam and condensed water.

The Coradia iLint was presented first in Berlin in 2016. Two trains are currently operational in Lower Saxony, but Alstom are hopeful to sell another 16 in the next few years around other regions in Germany. This was funded by the German National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, which was set-up in 2006.

 

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