Alstom France Launches The World's First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Drive Train In Operation In Germany

- Oct 02, 2019-

According to the Russian satellite network reported on September 18, the German Bremen radio station news, France Alstom company in the northwest of Germany launched the world's first train powered by hydrogen fuel cell CoradiaiLint.

On September 16, Germany launched the world's first commercial fuel cell train, which was built by the French railway vehicle company Alstom's plant in Salzgitter, Germany.

The first passenger train will take you to Lower Saxony on September 17th, local time. The train can travel at speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. It can travel 1000 kilometers after each charge and there is almost no noise. Although the price is about 1~20% higher, the head of Alstom said that the cost can be recovered in about 10 years. In addition, the train is also considered for sale in North America and Asia.

Alstom emphasizes that this battery does not pollute the environment and the train only emits steam and condensate. Starting in 2021, there will be 14 trains of this type in Lower Saxony.

The International Hydrogen Energy Commission, which is composed of companies such as hydrogen-related energy and manufacturing industries in the world, predicts that by 2050, hydrogen will account for 20% of the total energy. Infrastructure and other investments of $20-25 billion per year.

The first passenger train was taken to Lower Saxony on September 17. With a train speed of 140 kilometers per hour, it can travel 1000 kilometers per charge and there is almost no noise. A hydrogen fuel tank and a fuel cell that converts hydrogen into electricity are installed at the top of the train to ensure train operation. Excess energy generated during driving is transferred to the lithium-ion battery located under the floor, and when the train speed drops, these batteries will start.

Starting in 2021, there will be 14 trains of this type in Lower Saxony. The Ministry of Economy, Labor and Transport of Lower Saxony, Germany, plans to replace local diesel trains with innovative hydrogen-powered trains, and has allocated €81.3 million for this purpose. The pressing problem is that the hydrogen battery charging station in Germany is still very low in popularity, so the train is very expensive to operate.