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Press release | 17. April 2018

Steam instead of diesel soot and CO2

Last Friday, around 150 passengers were able to get an impression of the technology of the world's only fuel cell-powered regional train on its maiden voyage from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt-Höchst. 

(C) HA Hessenagentur / Stefan Wildhirt

Also on board were Hesse's Minister of Economics and Transport, Tarek Al-Wazir, the Executive Director of Alstom Germany, Dr. Jörg Nikutta, of the Rhine-Main Transport Association, Prof. Knut Ringat, of Infraserv Höchst, Dr. Joachim Kreysing and Andreas Becker, Vice President SME of the German Railway Industry Association and Managing Director of EPHY-MESS GmbH. "Our products ensure safety and efficiency while driving," says Becker. The temperature sensors of the Wiesbaden-based supplier monitor the battery packs of the Coradia ILint. The batteries also store the braking energy and the excess power generated on board from the cell.

The world's first low-floor passenger train with a hydrogen fuel cell drive generates energy from the reaction of hydrogen with oxygen to water. Instead of exhaust gases, only water vapour is produced. The train is thus completely emission-free and can travel up to 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen at a top speed of 140 km/h. Conventional battery-powered trains only manage 60 to 70 K/mh. "New drive technologies for rail vehicles (battery, hydrogen, hybrid) play a central role in climate-friendly mobility," says the VDB Vice Chairman. The Hessian Minister of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development, Tarek Al-Wazir, also explained: "The fuel cell drive is an interesting alternative to costly electrification". The Coradia iLint is therefore particularly suitable for use on non-electrified routes, especially tunnel entrances and exits, and will be a quiet and climate-friendly alternative to diesel vehicles in the future.

The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) is currently planning the use of such vehicles, which is currently preparing a call for tenders for up to 26 emission-free vehicles, which are to operate on non-electrified or only partially electrified Taunus lines from the end of 2022.



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