The first hydrogen-powered train is running in northern Germany

Every now and then, we need to be transported from A to B. We can take our car, jump on the bus, go for a plane of choose a train as our preferred vehicle. But whatever we choose, it probably will not be environmental friendly. Exhaust fumes from diesel or gasoline or the production of electricity do put a burden on our climate. So how cool would it be if we can travel wherever we want, and produce only water? The world’s first hydrogen-powered train is making that possible. Let Bicle introduce you to the Coradia iLint.

Coradia iLint is as fast as a diesel train

In the northern part of Germany, between the towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude, covering a total of around 62 miles, two of these eco-friendly trains are riding since the fall of last year. At the time of its introduction, they were the first vehicles riding on this new transport technology. Produced by the French TGV-maker Alstom, the Coradia iLint trains are replacing its polluting predecessors, which were riding on diesel.

These new trains have a hydrogen tank and fuel cells installed on their roofs, and are producing the required energy by combining hydrogen and oxygen. A fully loaded engine can ride over 600 miles without refueling and can reach a top speed of around 85 miles per hour, which is just as fast as a conventional diesel train. And if there is any excess energy, it can easily be stored in ion-lithium batteries, so no energy is waisted. While hydrogen-powered trains are a little more expensive to purchase, that can be compensated with the lower fuel costs.

Expanding all over Europe

German state Lower Saxony, in which these water-producing trains are riding, plans to have 14 more hydrogen-powered trains driving around by 2021. They are planning to invest more than 80 million euro’s in the project. These investments are in line with the initiative to reduce pollution and increase the use of environmental friendly fuels. And besides the Germans, Alstom said that Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Italy and Canada are also looking into the possibility to follow the German example. Representers of Alstoms homecountry, the French government, have already said they want to introduce the first French hydrogen train by 2022.

Optimistic about the future

Lots of great and green initiatives are popping up all around the world. Last week Bicle told you about Harbour Air, the first airline to change its entire fleet to electric aircrafts. A few weeks ago you could read about governments that subsidize the purchase of e-bikes. And this week the extremely environmental friendly hydrogen-powered train stands in the spotlights. The combination of all these initiatives show that all of us are fighting hard to stop the pollution of our earth. These innovations can make us feel positive and optimistic about the future.