Alstom’s Coradia iLint hydrogen trains active on world’s first 100-percent hydrogen route
Alstom will be entering into service 14 Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell trains on the world’s first 100-percent hydrogen route, the company announced on Wednesday. The trains are operated by local German transportation company Elbe-Weser railways on behalf of Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen (LNVG) for runs on the route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehud.
In the mentioned area of the federal state of Lower Saxony, hydrogen trains will gradually replace the 15 diesel trains currently in use by Elbe-Weser railways. The new train sets have a range of around 1,000 kilometres and will be refuelled using an installation by project partner Linde.
In due course, Coradia iLint hydrogen trains will also be used in the Frankfurt metropolitan area, again in an effort to replace dieseltrains. Alstom estimates there are currently some 4,000 diesel train sets still in use in Germany.
Alstom has also bagged contracts for its hydrogen train in Italy and France, where it will deliver 6 and 12 units, respectively. The Italian contract includes an option for an additional 8 trains. Coradia iLint hydrogen train has also been showcased in Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden during tests.
Developments at a glance
Across Europe, rolling stock manufacturers, railway operators, infrastructure managers and policy makers are working on shifting to sustainable propulsion for trains to phase out diesel operations. For an overview of these developments, an interactive map with the projects and descriptions was put together by RailTech.
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Rail Infra Forum 2023
The developments in sustainable rolling stock and the associated infrastructure such as recharging and refuelling are the central theme of the Rail Infra Forum on 14-15 March in Rotterdam and online. From alternative fuels and batteries in passenger rail to on-track machines, and from recharging batteries under catenary to hydrogen refuelling. The programme and speakers can be found on the event website.