After 530 days and more than 18,000 driven kilometres, the trials of two Alstom Coradia iLint models, the world’s first two hydrogen trains, are complete.
Trials for the two trains begun in September 2018 and concluded in later February.
“Our two pre-series trains of the Coradia iLint have proven over the past year and a half that fuel cell technology can be used successfully in a daily passenger service,” said Jörg Nikutta, Managing Director for Germany and Austria of Alstom Transport Deutschland GmbH.
“This makes us an important driving force on the way to emission free and sustainable mobility in rail transport.”
“We have also obtained valuable data from the trial operation of the fuel cell trains for the further development of the propulsion technology.”
From 2022, 14 Coradia iLint series trains will replace the existing diesel multiple units as a result of a purchase order from local transport authority LNVG.
To complete the order, Alstom will produce the fuel cell trains and will be responsible for the maintenance of the vehicles at its site in Salgitter.
A hydrogen filling station will also be constructed by industrial gas company Linde which will support the series of trains near Bremervoerde station.
“With the successfully completed trial operation, the requirements for continuous operation of the hydrogen trains from 2022 are fulfilled,” said Carmen Schwabl, Managing Director of LNVG.
Also showing support for the project, Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economics and Transport, Dr. Bernd Althusmann, commented, “Alstom has made hydrogen history here. The project is of a great importance to industrial policy that goes far beyond Germany.”
“Here, we are witnessing the first competitive product of hydrogen mobility at industrial level.”