Friday, 23 June 2017

Hydrogen Trains on Trial

Alstom has run the first tests of its Coradia iLint passenger train, claimed to be the first in the world to be run on electricity from a hydrogen fuel cell. The test, which took place at the company’s test track in Lower Saxony, Germany, saw the train running at 80km/h.  The test marked the start of 4 weeks of iLint trials, which will check stability of the energy supply system and the interface between the electric and pneumatic brake systems.

Alstom claim the train uses innovative clean energy conversion, flexible battery storage, and smart management of traction power.  While the trial is running on hydrogen produced as a by-product of industrial processes, the long-term plan is to generate hydrogen from wind power.

Further tests in the Czech Republic will see the train running at its full-service speed of 140km/h

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