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Alstom to test hydrogen train in the Netherlands

Alstom to test hydrogen train in the Netherlands

Alstom will test the world’s first hydrogen-powered passenger train in the Netherlands as part of a pilot project, the rail transport company confirmed yesterday.

The first tests of the Coradia iLint in the Netherlands will be carried out on the track between Groningen and Leeuwarden at up to 140km/h and will last about two hours.

With the objective of demonstrating that hydrogen fuel cell technology is an appropriate way to achieve zero emission rail transport on non-electrified lines where there are currently diesel trains running, Alstom said the first test will be held during the first quarter of 2020.

The French manufacturer will work with the Province of Gronigen, local operator Arriva, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail and energy company Engie.

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