Germany's Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains
|Germany's Hydrogen Train|
Emission Free Rail Travel
The train is officially called the Coradia iLint. It's clean energy rolling through northern Germany. It provides regular passenger service in the Lower Saxony Region. This is the first time that commercial trains powered by hydrogen-based cells have gone into use for passengers.
Two trains are in service. 14 more are on order for 2021. They're being manufactured by French based Alstom, which is one of Europe's biggest railway manufacturers. The hydrogen trains are being touted as important innovation delivered by Germany and France.
Train Green Tech
The trains are low noise, have zero emissions and can reach speeds of 140 kmh. Germany specifically invested in them to reduce diesel fuel train emissions. The fuel cells convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity to power the trains.
Many Advantages Over Diesel
The trains are refueled at a mobile hydrogen fill-up station next to the tracks in Bremervoerde, Germany. They are much more efficient than diesel. One tank of the hydrogen train can run for a full day of operation. And there are zero greenhouse gas emissions.