Austrian ÖBB, Austria’s national rail operator, has started carrying passengers on Alstom’s hydrogen fuel cell powered train, the Coradia iLint.
Considered to be the world’s first passenger train to run on a hydrogen fuel cell, the Coradia iLint has successfully passed trials in Germany – covering more than 180,000 kilometers in Lower Saxony – and is now expected to replace Austrian ÖBB’s existing diesel powered trains.
According to The Engineer, Coradia iLint generates electrical energy for propulsion. This implies it generates zero emissions and is capable of chugging at a top speed of 140 km/h.
It also boasts of a number of innovations including clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries and intelligent management of motive power and available energy.
Designed specifically for use on non-electrified lines, it should enable clean, sustainable train operation while maintaining high levels of performance.
Alstom has already sold 41 of these path-breaking hydrogen-powered trains in Germany.
Image and content: ÖBB-Marek Knopp/The Engineer