Germany plans to introduce the first ever hydrogen powered passenger train with zero-emissions guaranteed.
In comparison to the 4,000 diesel run trains in the country, the Coradia iLint is an exemplary alternative as it merely releases excess steam.
According to Die Welt, fourteen of these eco-friendly trains have already been ordered by Lower Saxony. If successful, it is likely to become a more frequent mode of transport throughout the country.
Testing trials are scheduled to occur towards the end of the year, prior to its introduction to public use in December 2017.
The hydrogen-fueled train made its first debut at the InnoTrans trade show in Berlin this August. Suitable for long distance travel, it will be the first of its kind to be used commercially throughout the region.
Interest in the environmentally sustainable trains is rising, particularly among neighbouring countries such as Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.
Internally, the system is supported by massive lithium ion batteries which generate energy from a hydrogen fuel tank situated above the train.
These revolutionary trains are not only pollution free, but can travel distances of 500 miles a day with up to speeds of 87mph. The overall design aims to cut down both air and noise pollution.
Henri Poupart-Lafarge, the CEO of of Alstom announced that,“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation.” He proudly stated that,”It shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.”
Hydrogen As A Source Of Fuel
Hydrogen is an excellent source of fuel due to the massive production of energy released when burned with oxygen.
The chemical process not only creates enough energy to power the trains, but also produces nothing more than the release of water as a by-product.
Although this idea may seem revolutionary, the concept of hydrogen as a source of fuel has been around since the 1970’s, with the use of its liquid form in many of NASA’s rocket launches.