Hydrogen-powered train gets on track in Germany
Two years ago, at InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin, Alstom presented the Coradia iLint for the first time. A hydrogen-powered train that is a CO2-emission-free regional train. At this year’s edition of InnoTrans 2018, the Coradia iLint has entered into passenger service in Lower Saxony, Germany. The two pre-series trains, homologated by the German Federal Railway Association in July, are running between the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde, and Buxtehude.
The Coradia iLint passenger train is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust made up of only steam and condensed water. The iLint features a combination of different innovative elements: clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and smart management of traction power and available energy. Designed for operation on non-electrified lines, it enables clean, sustainable train operation while ensuring high levels of performance.
The iLint was designed by Alstom teams in Salzgitter (Germany), the company’s center of excellence for regional trains, and in Tarbes (France), a center of excellence for traction systems. The project benefits from the support of the German Ministry of Economy and Mobility—development of the Coradia iLint was funded by the German government as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).