Hydrogen Train Completes Test Run, First Zero-Emission


Zero-emission train, silently managed on a hydrogen fuel cell and emitted only steam and condensed water, has successfully run the first test.Corradia Ilient ran at 80km / h on the test track in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, Germany on March 14. The four-week test will confirm the stability of the energy supply system, fuel cells, battery and braking force in the long four-week test.

Large-scale tests will be conducted in Germany and the Czech Republic in the coming months, to put the train through its steps at a maximum speed of 140 km / h. The first passenger test will be conducted in early 2018.Alstom, its French manufacturer, claims it is the first passenger train in the basement powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which produces electric power to drag.

The train has other innovative elements including clean energy conversion, flexible power storage in batteries and intelligent management of traction force. It is suitable for working on a non-electrified network.

Hydrogen used to run the test is a byproduct of an industrial process, but in the future Alstom plans to acquire hydrogen supplies from wind power.The car has completed a stationary commissioning process and got a certificate for battery safety, a pressure tank system and fuel cells.

“This test is an important test in the field of environmental protection and technical innovation, and with Corradia Illent and its fuel cell technology, Alstom is the first rail manufacturer to offer a small alternative to emissions from Alstom mass transit trains,” said Didier Bliger, Vice President. Germany and Austria.

“Today, our new traction system, which has so far proved successful in the test, is being used on the train for the first time – a major step towards cleaner mobility in Europe,” he said.