BERLIN: The world’s well-renowned Railway manufacturer ALSTOM unveiled the first Hydrogen based Train’ into reality with zero emission on Tuesday at InnoTrans, the railway industry’s largest trade fair.
Alstom, the French Multinational Company is best known for manufacturing railway products like railway vehicles and signaling. This Train will run on the tracks Buxtehude-Bremervorde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line which is in the northwestern German state of Lower Saxony at the end the year.
Berlin is the first place where this Coradia iLint launched, and this train based on the former Alstom’s Diesel-based model Coradia Lint 54. Coradia iLint is a new Carbon-di –oxide (CO2) emission free regional train pushed ahead of innovation dubbed Coradia Lint 54 which is diesel power.
It is simply said as the best alternative to the diesel powered engine. The Hydrogen based Coradia iLint only emits Steam and Condensed water which fuels hydrogen fuel cell and generates low noise and is environmental friendly without pollution.
The hydrogen fuel tank, placed on the roof of the train. This innovation makes the Alstom as the first to develop a passenger based train with this technology. Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom Chairman, and CEO said “Alstom is very proud to launch a breakthrough dubbed innovation of our kind in the field of rail transportation.
This complete hydrogen based Coradia range of regional trains shows our potentiality to work in close collaboration with our customers. This has made to develop and finalize the train in 2 years.”
As this is based the service- proven diesel model Coradia Lint 54 which has a capacity of carrying 300 passengers, including seats for 150 members. The top speed is said to 140km/h which is 87mph.
The fuel cell onboard mixes oxygen and hydrogen to generate electricity stored in a lithium-ion battery. It is the first ‘hydrail’ technology based locomotive, which can travel to long distance too in future. A full tank of Coradia iLint can be able to cover a distance of 600 to 800 kms.