Germany inaugurates the world’s first fully hydrogen-powered railway line: Key points

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Germany has launched the world’s first-ever fully hydrogen-powered rail line, with passenger trains beginning operations in the European nation’s Lower Saxony region. On Wednesday, a total of five units of the Coradia iLint – the world’s first hydrogen-powered train – were launched in the country after a 2-year trial, which started in September 2018 and took place with a pair of standard pre-trains.

Here is everything you need to know about this route and the train:

(1.) A total of 14 Coradia iLint units are planned to replace 15 diesel trains on the route between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude. Each of them will be operational by the end of the year, which means that the other nine will also be launched soon.

(2.) These are operated under an agreement signed between LVNG – a subsidiary of the German state – and the French manufacturer Alstom, which developed these trains. The deal is worth 93 million euros ($92.3 million, INR 741 crore), according to a report in CNN.

(3.) The Coradia iLint, which has a range of 1,000 kilometers, can operate on this route for an entire day on a single tank of hydrogen. Nevertheless, a service station has been set up on this network, in Linde.

(4.) These trains are emission-free, emit only steam and condensed water, and operate with low noise. These have a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph), although the normal speed on this line is much lower, between 80 and 120 km/h.

(5.) Currently, Alstom has three other contracts for the Coradia iLint, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that generates electrical energy for propulsion. The contracts include another in Germany (for 27 units in the Frankfurt metropolitan area), as well as one in Italy (six units in the Lombardy region) and one in France (12 units in four different regions).

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