A large rail track length globally is not electrified since electrification of these routes in many cases is not economically viable. On such routes, the dependence on diesel-powered engines continues which has implications for CO2 emissions as well as local air pollution. Using fuel cell that use hydrogen to drive the trains on such routes can result in reducing the CO2 emissions (especially if hydrogen production is done using sustainable approaches) and local pollution.
Coradia iLint is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. This zero-emission train emits low levels of noise, with exhaust being only steam and condensed water. The Coradia iLint is special for its combination of different innovative elements: clean energy conversion, flexible energy storage in batteries, and smart management of traction power and available energy. Specifically designed for operation on non-electrified lines, it enables clean, sustainable train operation while ensuring high levels of performance. The Coradia iLint was designed by Alstom teams in Salzgitter (Germany), centre of excellence for regional trains, and in Tarbes (France), centre of excellence for traction systems.
Coradia iLint can help in reducing dependence on fossil fuels and therefore reduce CO2 emissions and air pollution.
Max Speed - 80 km per hour