World’s first hydrogen train Coradia iLint by Alstom is on track.

By: Shakil Reza

Published in: New Tech, Tech News

Coradia iLint train


Alstom is a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, active in the fields of passenger transportation recently launched their two trains named Coradia iLint which are called world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train in Germany.
 
These two trains equipped with fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, with this process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions. Excess energy is stored in lithium-ion batteries on board the train. It can reach up to 140 kilometers per hour with minimal noise and zero-emission.
 
From 17 September 2018 onwards, two such trains are on track to enter commercial service according to a fixed timetable in Lower Saxony, Germany. These trains are running on around 100 kilometers of a line between the locations of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervorde and Buxtehude. Alstom has said it plans to deliver another 14 Coradia iLint of the zero-emissions trains to Lower Saxony state by 2021.
 
The Coradia iLint trains can run about 1,000 km on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.
 
Pros
 
The Coradia iLint train fuel cost is very cheaper than diesel.
It is eco-friendly and produces no air pollution but the steam / fresh water.
Run on track creates minimal noise.
 
Cons
 
The Coradia iLint train production cost is higher than the diesel train.
 
Source: Alstom