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Alstom and the Province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail and the energy company Engie have signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) for a pilot project to test the World’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Train Coradia iLint for the first time in the Netherlands.
The ‘Coradia iLint‘ is the world’s first passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The MoU signed as part of the “Klimaattop”, or Climate Summit Northern Netherlands organized in Groningen on October 31.
According to the plan, the tests will be carried out on the railway track between Groningen and Leeuwarden at the speed up to 140 km/h for two weeks. The test is likely to carry out during the first quarter of 2020. The main objective of the test is to demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell technology in an appropriate way to achieve zero-emission rail traffic on non-electrified lines in the Netherlands where there are currently diesel trains running.
Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director of Alstom Benelux, said:
Alstom is committed to developing and implementing mobility solutions that permit not only the emergence of fully sustainable transport systems but also help drive the broader energy transition. We look forward to demonstrating what has already been proven in Germany – that hydrogen represents a highly suitable way forward in both cases.
The ‘Coradia iLint’ is the world’s first passenger train powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, which produces electrical power for traction. The train is quiet and emission-free, emitting only water and steam during operation. It represents a clean alternative for railway operators and regional authorities wishing to replace diesel fleets for operation on non-electrified lines and meet ambitious zero-emission objectives.
The world’s first two hydrogen trains have already been in regular passenger service in Lower Saxony in Germany since September 2018. The local transport authority LNVG will operate 14 Coradia iLint trains on that line from 2021. Also in Germany, RMV ordered 27 Coradia iLint – the largest fleet of hydrogen trains in the world – for operation from 2022.
The Dutch railway network has approximatively 1,000 kilometers of non-electrified line.
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