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IN Science & Technology ON 02 Nov, 2016
Germany is all set to host the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train which gets into gear the next year.
Even though the first train was powered by steam engines, it is not like traveling backward in time. This evolution is the eco-friendly version of the first locomotives that revolutionized mobility back in the XIX century.
The most amazing thing is that it will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which emit only steam and water vapour.
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Rolling stock manufacturer, Alstom (a French company) revealed the first ever hydrogen passenger train or 'Hydrail' named as "Coradia iLint" at this week's Berlin InnoTrans trade show.
So, far the German rail transport system runs on diesel powered trains like most of the world but the Cordia iLint is set to change the transportation landscape. Running on hydrogen power supply technology, the train has no carbon footprints and does not pollute the air with harmful emissions.
Coradia iLint cuts down on noise pollution being significantly quieter than diesel trains. Now that ought to be great news for the people living in the proximity of railway tracks.
Well, the hydrail's top speed is said to be 140km/h. Even at its high speed, the only noise that produced is by the motion of wheels and air resistance. What else do we need then?
The hydrail is an electric train rolling with a hydrogen fuel tank on its roof that powers a fuel cell to generate electricity. Such trains play a part in the big push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
Because of its much larger fuel capacity, the train does not have to confront the same problem that hydro-cars face with refueling.
The most interesting fact is, it will be first of its kind to carry passengers along the railroad, as most other innovations in hydrail technology have been focused on cargo transport.
"Alstom is proud to launch the breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation which will complete its Coradia range of regional trains," said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom chairman, and CEO.
What do you think, will other countries also bring the clean running trains to their regular rail services as well?