World’s first hydrogen train
20th Sep, 2018
Germany rolled out world’s first hydrogen powered trains as an initiative for eco-friendly technology.
- The CoradiaiLint trains can run for around 1,000km on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.
- The main aim is to replace the polluting diesel trains in this region.
- The trains are built by French TGV-maker
- These trains will cater to the transportation needs of towns and cities of northern Germany, running 100km route through Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany.
- Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, a process that leaves steam and water as the only emissions.
- Excess energy is stored in ion lithium batteries on board the train.
- Hydrogen powered vehicles convert the chemical energy of hydrogen to mechanical energy.
- The process of conversion takes place either by burning hydrogen in hydrogen internal combustion engine vehicle, or by reacting hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to run electric motors.
- Widespread use of hydrogen for fuelling rail transportation is an important element of proposed fuel economy.