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Video of the Week: All aboard the world's first hydrogen commuter train!

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Jun 9, 2017

This hydrogen powered passenger trHydrogen Rail.jpgain is being tested in Germany. It is nearly silent and emits nothing but water. These trains are CO2 emission free regional trains and an alternative to diesel power. Hydrogen power works when hydrogen is burned with oxygen to produce huge amounts of energy, with the only by-product being water. Hydrail vehicles convert the chemical energy of hydrogen to mechanical energy, either by burning hydrogen in an internal combustion engine vehicle or by reacting to hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to run electric motors. The train was first debuted at the 2016 InnoTrans event in Berlin and will be accessible to the public in December 2017. Once the train has started operations it will be able to travel almost 500 miles each day at speeds of up to 87mph. Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere, and provides an alternative to the country’s 4,000 diesel trains. There’s also interest in the train from the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway.


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Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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