Germany uses the first hydrogen trains

Sep

18

2018

In the northwestern German state of Lower Saxony, the world’s first hydrogen train was taken into use. The two trains were built by the French company Alstom and go on a route of almost 100km between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.

The so-called Coradia iLint trains have been built by Alstom in the German Salzgitter and contain fuel cells in which hydrogen is converted into electricity. The hydrogen trains, which replace German local diesel trains, reach speeds of up to 140 km / h. In 2021, Alstom will deliver another fourteen copies of the Coradia iLint to the local carrier. The costs for this amount to 81 million euros.

The hydrogen trains are supplied with hydrogen at a mobile filling station. The hydrogen gas is pumped into the train from a steel container next to the rails at Bremervörde station. The range of the train is about 1000 km, so that you do not have to refuel during the daily timetable.

Alstom, who is also the builder of the French TGV, will also sell Cordadia iLint trains in other countries. It is probably also about the Netherlands. Early next year Prorail wants to test the hydrogen train between Leeuwarden and Groningen for the duration of a month. If that test is successful, for example in Friesland and Groningen the diesel trains used on certain routes will be replaced by the Coradia iLint.

Prorail also looks at the possibilities of electric trains running on battery power. The Canadian train builder Bombardier recently introduced a train with batteries in Berlin. It concerns the Talent 3 train, which now has a radius of 40 km, but future versions must reach 100 km.

Alstom hydrogen train
Coradia iLint

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