This is so cool. Germany will soon introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train powered by hydrogen. Testing is set to be done by the end of the year with hopes to be in public use by December of 2017. The Coradia iLint only emits excess steam into the atmosphere and provides an alternative to diesel trains. Powered by huge lithium ion batteries which get their energy from a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train, the hydrail can travel almost 500 miles per day at speeds of up to 87mph. Oh, and the only sound you’ll hear comes from the wheels and air resistance.

The Coradia iLint, powered by huge lithium ion batteries which get their energy from a hydrogen fuel tank on the roof of the train, only emits excess steam into the atmosphere and provides an alternative to diesel trains. The hydrail can travel almost 500 miles per day at speeds of up to 87mph. Oh, and the only sound you’ll hear comes from the wheels and air resistance.

The train, first presented at Berlin’s InnoTrans trade show in August, will be the first hydrogen-powered train to regularly take people over long distances. Interest in the train is huge (Netherlands, Denmark, and Norway are very excited) with Die Welt reporting that Lower Saxony has already ordered 14 of them from the French company Alstom.

Hydrogen power works when hydrogen is burned with oxygen to produce huge amounts of energy, with the only by-product being water (Nasa has used liquid hydrogen to propel its space rockets since the 1970s and the huge cloud you see when it erupts is steam).

What do you think? Would you love to see trains like this in the states?

 

Source: The Independent