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Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen-powered train

Published on September 20, 2018
Germany has rolled out world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train. These locomotives named iLint trains and emit zero emissions, making them eco-friendly.

Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen-powered train
  • This train technology offers greener and quieter alternative to diesel on non-electrified railway lines.
  • These hydrogen trains are manufactured by French TGV-maker Alstom and are commercially running on 100km route between towns and cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude in northern Germany.

About Hydrogen trains:

  • Hydrogen trains are equipped with fuel cells that produce electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen.
  • This conversion process only emits steam and water, thus producing zero emissions. 
  • Excess energy produced is stored in lithium-ion batteries on board.
  • These trains also make very little noise. 
  • Moreover, hydrogen fuel cells have advantages over batteries.
  • Instead of recharging, they can easily be refueled like gas or diesel engine.
  • It is also easier to build refueling infrastructure for these trains at railway stations.
  • These trains can run for around 1,000 km on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.
  • These trains offer attractive prospect to many cities scrambling to combat air pollution.
  • The only disadvantage these hydrogen trains is that they are more expensive than fossil fuel-based trains.


Q. Which country has rolled out world's first hydrogen-powered passenger train?
a. Japan
b. China
c. South-Korea
d. Germany
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