Countries seeking ways to transport people while reducing the emissions of climate-changing gasses are looking at trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells. One of the first is Germany's Coradia iLint, but countries all over the world are looking at the promise of hydrogen trains as a means of increasing decarbonization. Earlier this year, Alstom said it performed 10 days of tests on its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell train on 65 kilometers of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands.
“The tests follow 18 successful months of passenger service on the Buxtehude–Bremervörde–Bremerhaven–Cuxhaven line in Germany, where a total of 41 Coradia iLint have already been ordered," the company noted in a press release. The trains are equipped with fuel cells to convert hydrogen and oxygen from air into electricity, and have a range of approximately 1,000 kilometers, according to Alstom. In addition, the battery on the train can recover energy during braking, which it can then use to boost the train when it's accelerating.