Germany Unveils Its First Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train; Coming By End Of 2017

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A lot of companies right now are adopting environment-friendly practices in order to reduce the effect of CO2. Tesla and other car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Audi have started making consumer accessible electric vehicles. However, it seems like Germany has taken the initiative a bit further.?The country has introduced the very first hydrogen-powered passenger train. The said train runs on compressed hydrogen gas that is then fed to an array of fuel cells. The fuel cells power the entire train system as well as charge the backup batteries.

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The train, called Coradia iLint, uses an intelligent power management to divert much needed power to various parts of the train. Surplus energy are then fed to the lithium-ion storage batteries below the cabins.

Coradia iLint has a top speed of 140 kph and can run for as much as 800 kilometres on a single ?refuelling?. It is also equipped with 150 seats and can accommodate 300 passengers in one trip.

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The German government has partnered with the French multinational company Alstom in developing the Coridia iLint. Alstom, together with other contractors will manage the maintenance of the trains and its whole hydrogen infrastructure.

Coradia iLint Hydrogen-Powered Passenger Train

For those who are quite new to fuel cell technology, this branch of energy generation provides clean and renewable energy on demand. The entire fuel cell system is composed of a high-pressure storage tank and the actual fuel cell itself. The pressurised tank is used to efficiently store the hydrogen fuel that will be fed to the fuel cells.

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The fuel cell is composed of three separate chambers. The first chamber is where the hydrogen gas is fed. The other chamber is where free oxygen from air goes in. In the middle of these chambers are the arrays of membranes and catalysts that make hydrogen and oxygen react with each other. This reaction generates electricity in return. The only byproduct of this system is water which result from the combination of hydrogen and oxygen.

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The Coridia iLint is said to become operational by the end of 2017. The trains will be servicing areas or regions that are not serviced by non-electrified networks. This new train will replace the existing diesel-powered trains that service the said areas.

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