Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution


by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on June 12, 2020

Hydrogen trains getting ready in Germany to combat pollution

During a year and a half, two passenger locomotives with a battery that transforms hydrogen and oxygen into electricity have been tested successfully. They have 1,000 kilometres of autonomy (the equivalent of diesel of similar size) and reach 140 kilometres per hour.

These trains, that have been developed by Alstom, take about 10 minutes to recharge, and the battery lasts from 10 to 12 years.

The big difference with conventional railways is the hydrogen cell which, in addition to emitting only water vapour into the atmosphere, allows a change or innovation of the locomotive with very low replacement costs: they can be installed on any track as long as the locomotive is Iberian or international gauge.

Tests with electric planes are also taking steps forward. The Cessna 208B Grand Caravan took off on 28th May, flew over Moses Lake (Washington, USA) for 30 minutes, and landed at Grant County Airport. The aircraft will begin commercial service in late 2021, according to the manufacturer.

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