Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
Germany on Monday rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.
Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, began running a 100-kilometre route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany—a stretch normally plied by diesel trains.
Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions. Excess energy is stored in ion-lithium(?) batteries on board the train. The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1 000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.
|Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train
Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen