Germany has the first hydrogen-powered train

The Coradia iLint joins four locations in Lower Saxony, in northern Germany. It is an ecological train that emits steam and condensed water instead of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere

New technologies have reached the railway world with the Coradia iLint train, in Lower Saxony, Germany. The new locomotive uses hydrogen as fuel and does not pollute, since it emits steam and condensed water instead of carbon dioxide.

The train reaches a speed of 140 kilometers per hour and does not emit noise that disturbs the passengers. It has the capacity to transport 300 people in the four localities of Lower Saxony, in the north of the country.

The new transport solution was developed and manufactured by Alstom, and the administration is in the hands of LNVG (the state authority) and EVB (German private company).

On the technical aspects it can be mentioned that the Coradia iLint has low-floor fuel cells, “which generates electrical energy by means of a chemical reaction in which a fuel (hydrogen) is combined with a combustion agent (oxygen). of the air)”, according to the information given to the press. The fuel cell is the one that propels the traction engine when accelerating, while feeding the batteries and the technical equipment.

Since last September it began operations between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude. Already users are waiting after the announcement of the commissioning of 14 vehicles with this same technology for 2021.

Another news that was announced is the replacement of 120 diesel trains to complete the renewal of the entire network in the next 30 years. In addition, it is planned that in the year 2021 a stationary service station will start operations in EVB facilities, once Alstom delivers the other fourteen Coradia iLint to LNVG.

Henri Poupart-Lafarge, President and CEO of Alstom, said: “The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train is ready for mass production, which marks a new era in emissions-free rail transport.” It is important to note that energy management involves intelligent monitoring systems to optimize system operation and fuel consumption.


Source: El Tiempo

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