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FEATURE HYDROGEN-POWERED TRAINS TO RUN ON GERMAN RAILS FROM 2021 Commuters in northern Germany will be able to travel on the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains in four years’ time. T he trains will begin operating on routes between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude from December 2021. The Coradia iLint trains will have a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) and a maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph). Hydrogen engines emit only water vapor and are considered one of the cleanest forms of transportation. The trains will replace diesel vehicles on non-electrified tracks. There are plans to produce the hydrogen using electricity from Lower Saxony’s many wind turbines. The Coradia iLint is the first low floor passenger train worldwide powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for the traction. This zero-emission train is silent and only emits steam and condensed water. Coradia iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements: a clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and a smart management of the traction power and available energy. Based on Alstom’s flagship Coradia Lint diesel train, Coradia iLint is particularly suited for operation on non-electrified networks. It enables sustainable train operation while maintaining high train performance. The hydrogen used for the test runs is the by-product of an industrial process, which is reasonably reused as a waste product. In the long term, Alstom aims to support the hydrogen production from wind energy. The vehicle has already successfully completed the static commissioning process. All electrical and pneumatic functions of the trains have been tested and verified at standstill. TÜV Süd has certified the safety of the battery, the pressure tank system and the fuel cell for the coming test phases. 18 Alstom has already signed letters of intent for 60 trains with the German states of Lower Saxony, North Rhine- Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and the Hessian transport association ‘RHEIN-MAIN-VERKEHRSVERBUND’. www.alstom.com www.ghmediabusiness.com