Germany leads the future with the world’s first ever hydrogen-powered trains. The first two trains were launched on 19th September 2018, that signalled yet another victory towards a sustainable future.
Petrol and diesel being limited resources. In recent years with prices of diesel and fuel hiked up, and the hydrogen-powered trains are a new way out. They produce no greenhouse gas emissions, and they are cheaper to run than their fossil fuel counterparts.
The Cordia iLint hydrogen-powered passenger train was developed by a French company called Alstom. They claim to be a “zero-emission train that emits low levels of noise, with the exhaust being only steam and condensed water.” According to Alstom “The iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements: clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and smart management of traction power and available energy. Specifically designed for operation on non-electrified lines, it enables clean, sustainable train operation while ensuring high levels of performance.”
At the unveiling ceremony in Bremervoerde, the station where both the hydrogen-powered trains will be refuelled with hydrogen. Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, “The world’s first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production.”
The two bright blue Cordia iLint passenger trains will operate in between northern German towns and promises to hit up to a speed of 140 km/hr or 86.9 MPH. They have confirmed to run on 100 kilometres (62 miles) on track.
It is also known that the gaseous hydrogen that will be powering the trains, will be pumped from a 40-foot high steel container near the tracks of Bremervörde station.
Though the Cordia iLint trains are known for running a shorter track, they are very much capable so much more. They can run around 1,000kms (600 miles) with just one single tank of hydrogen, that is on par with a diesel engine train.
When questions were raised about the expenditure of the train, the project’s manager at Alstom said, “Sure, buying a hydrogen train is somewhat more expensive than a diesel train, but it is cheaper to run,” which implies that, an individuals journey from the start point to his destination will come at a cheaper rate.
Alstom also seems to be very optimistic that the Cordia iLint will create a mark for itself, not only by becoming the world’s first hydrogen-powered train but also focusing on making non-electrified trains lines more eco-friendly. It is hopeful that the Cordia iLint will turn out to be a great hit.
Alstom hopes the two trains are just a preview of what’s to come. It has claimed of delivering more 14 Cordia iLint trains by 2021, while there are already deals in place for another stationary filling station by the same year.