First hydrogen-powered train takes to the rails in Germany

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First hydrogen-powered train takes to the rails in Germany

Postby Jeff Smith » Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:49 pm ... ny-176252/

Premiering the zero-emissions vehicle at the InnoTrans rail industry trade fair in Berlin last week, the company said the Coradia iLint can travel at speeds of up to 140 kilometres per hour, carry 300 passengers and range 800 kilometres on a single “tank” of hydrogen—putting it on par with the regional diesel trains it’s designed to replace.
Using one of its popular diesel trains as a jumping off point, Alstom retrofitted the old design with state-of-the-art technology. At the core of the new train is a hydrogen fuel cell built by Canadian cleantech firm Hydrogenics Corp.
Along with the fuel cells, the new train includes lithium-ion batteries to store energy that isn’t immediately put to use within the train and an energy management system to ensure power is dispersed efficiently throughout the vehicle.
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