Rail Analysis India June Digital Magazine 2018 - Page 44

46 | Article Including Implementing Smart Cities…Transforming India for our Citizens Pragati Maidan, New Delhi 22-24 May 2019 An ideal alternative energy source for the rail? Image Credits : WORLD STEEL Autore : Robin Whitlock Could this silent, sustainably powered, low-emission train be the first of a new wave of environmentally-friendly rail transport solutions? A Co-Organiser www.smartcitiesindia.com www.railanalysis.com Organiser lstom call their new Coradia iLint the ‘train of the future’. It certainly could be, given that it’s the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, capable of almost noiseless traction with no emissions apart from water as steam. The Coradia iLint was first presented to the world at the Innotrans rail industry trade fair in 2016. It is the world’s first, and as yet, only, hydrogen fuel cell passenger train and Alstom believes it could initiate a new movement in the industry towards hydrogen-powered trains. The overall design is based on Alstom’s successful Coradia Lint diesel train, available in single car or articulated two or three car units. High-strength stainless steel is used in the car shells as it is corrosion resistant and longer lasting than other materials. High-strength steel enables the use of thinner gauges and thus helps to reduce weight. High strength steel’s ability to deliver the required toughness at a lower weight means lower carbon emissions and improved fuel efficiency. The train’s fuel cell sits on top of the roof of the vehicle, utilising gaseous hydrogen supplied from a mobile hydrogen filling station. This is pumped into a pressure tank, also situated on the roof, which feeds the fuel cell. The hydrogen is currently sourced from industry as a by-product, but Alstom hopes to produce hydrogen, via electrolysis, from wind power in the near future. www.railanalysis.com