World’s first hydrogen train is now in service in Germany

Pollution is becoming a big problem these days. With the health of the people being a great concern with the degrading environment. The toxic air particles released into the air by the vehicles are harmful. It is a necessary alternative to the fuels that should be thought of. Keeping the concern of pollution in mind and giving a push to eco-friendly technology, Germany has come up with the world’s first hydrogen train

Eco-Friendly Invention

On Sept 17, Germany came up with this amazing solution to tackle the diesel trains. That generates a lot of amount of pollution in the air. Two blue trains called the Coradia iLint trains built by French TGV-maker Alstom. It will be running in the towns and cities of northern Germany. Stretched over a 100km long route. This hydrogen-powered train will run in the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde, and Buxtehude.

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Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said at the ceremony in Bremervoerde that the first hydrogen-powered train of the world is ready to enter commercial service. Its serial production will now increase more and more in the future. Refueling of the trains will be with hydrogen at the Bremervoerde station.

Alstom has said that there are future plans of delivering another 14 trains powered with hydrogen fuel to Lower Saxony state by 2021. Other German states have also expressed their interest in the hydrogen trains so don’t get surprised to see these trains in all of Germany very soon.

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Perfect Substitute

The electricity is produced in the fuel cells through the combination of oxygen and hydrogen in the Hydrogen trains. This process only releases steam and water as the emissions hence it is safe for the environment. The excess energy storing in the lithium-ion batteries in the train.

The trains can run for around 1000 km on a single hydrogen tank. It is very much similar to the range of diesel trains. The project manager at Alstom said that though it is costlier to buy a hydrogen train than a diesel train, it is cheaper to run it. The German cities that are fighting a battle against air pollution will surely see a difference in the air. After these trains have taken the place of diesel trains.

first hydrogen train

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It is good to see that other countries such as Great Britain, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Italy, and Canada are also taking interest in hydrogen trains. France has also started the project and is planning to deliver the first hydrogen train in 2022.

This eco-friendly innovation is surely going to revolutionize the world. This will urge people to come up with more and more eco-friendly solutions in order to make this world a better place.