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.
“Alstom is committed to developing and implementing mobility solutions that permit not only the emergence of fully sustainable transport systems but also help drive the broader energy transition,” said Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director of Alstom Benelux.
“We look forward to demonstrating what has already been proven in Germany – that hydrogen represents a highly suitable way forward in both cases.”
The Coradia iLint has already been in regular passenger service in Lower Saxony in Germany since September 2018.
The local transport authority LNVG will operate 14 Coradia iLint trains on that line from 2021.
Also in Germany, RMV this ordered 27 Coradia iLint – the largest fleet of hydrogen trains in the world – for operation from 2022.