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World’s first hydrogen train

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    20th Sep, 2018

Germany rolled out world’s first hydrogen powered trains as an initiative for eco-friendly technology.

Context

Germany rolled out world’s first hydrogen powered trains as an initiative for eco-friendly technology.

About

  • 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.

Working:

  • 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.
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