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Germany unveils world’s First Hydrogen Powered Train

Germany unveils world’s First Hydrogen Powered Train
First Hydrogen Power Train in the World: Nuclear country, Germany has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signaling 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 company Alstom, began running a 100km route between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany — a stretch normally plied by diesel trains. “The world’s first hydrogen train is entering into commercial service and is ready for serial production,” During the unveiling event in Bremervoerde, CEO of Alstom Henri PoupartLafarge said, the station where the trains will be refueled with hydrogen. Alstom has said it plans to deliver another 14 zero-emissions trains to Lower Saxony state by 2021, with other German states also expressing an interest.

First Hydrogen Powered Train in Germany

Hydrogen trains are outfitted with fuel cells, which produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen(H2) and oxygen(O2), a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions. The Excess energy is stored in ion-lithium batteries on board the train. The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1000 kilometers by using a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains. Alstom is betting on the technology as a greener, quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines ( an attractive prospect to many German cities scrambling to combat air pollution).

Other countries are also looking into Hydrogen-powered trains

Other countries are also looking into hydrogen trains, Alstom said, including Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy, and Canada. In France, the country’s government has already said it wants the first hydrogen train to be on the run by 2022.

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