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Alstom’s Coradia iLint Successfully Travels 1,175 km Without Refueling Its Hydrogen Tank

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Alstom.

This paragraph describes the trip.

Alstom, global leader in smart and sustainable mobility, has demonstrated the effectiveness of its hydrogen powered solutions for long distance transportation. During a long-distance journey, an unmodified serially-produced Coradia iLint train covered 1,175 kilometres without refuelling the hydrogen tank, only emitting water and operating with very low levels of noise. The vehicle used for this journey comes from the fleet belonging to LNVG (Landesnahverkehrsgesellschaft Niedersachsen), the transport authority of Lower Saxony, and has been in regular passenger operation on the network of evb (Eisenbahnen und Verkehrsbetriebe Elbe-Weser GmbH) since mid-August. For the project, Alstom also partnered with the gas and engineering company Linde.

The distance is around 730 miles.

This paragraph describes the detailed route.

Starting in Bremervörde, the route took the Coradia iLint across Germany. From Lower Saxony, where the hydrogen train was built and developed by Alstom, it travelled through Hesse to Bavaria, all the way to Burghausen near the German-Austrian border before coming to a stop in Munich. Following this remarkable journey, the train will now head for the German capital. Several trips through Berlin are on the agenda as part of InnoTrans 2022, the premier International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, to be held from 20 to 23 September.

It looks to be a good test of a hydrogen-powered train.

It looks like Alstom believe that hydrogen trains can replace diesel ones, providing there is a source of hydrogen.

September 17, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , ,


  1. This clearly demonstrates that there is no question that hydrogen fuelled trains can deliver as long you ignore the costs involved in producing the hydrogen and the extra capital costs of the kit but if we really want to decarbonise that is the price. As ive said before if we had a WW2 mentality towards this we would just make it happen with efficiency improvements along the way.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | September 17, 2022 | Reply

    • I find Cummins part in all this gratifying.

      They supply the fuel-cells for the iLint and they are also being successful with the roll-out of their hydrogen internal combustion engines.

      It show how a large company can decarbonise successfully.

      Hydrogen is a cummin!

      Comment by AnonW | September 18, 2022 | Reply

  2. Meanwhile in Bowness

    As Nicholas Lewis says hydrogen still has some hills to climb regarding production costs as well as defining the optimum operating conditions that make its application viable.

    Comment by fammorris | September 18, 2022 | Reply

  3. I hope this link to the operation of the Ballard Motive Solutions (formerly Arcola Energy) Class 614, finally running a couple of weeks ago on the track at Bowness, works

    Comment by fammorris | September 18, 2022 | Reply

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