The environment is one of today’s main issues with all societies being concerned. Alstom has for years taken part in the environmentally responsible approach of developing comprehensive non-polluting solutions for the sector of rail transport. Today rail operators mostly use diesel trains to operate passenger service on non-electrified networks.
Now Alstom offers a CO2 emission free regional train and a silent alternative Coradia iLint powered by a Hydrogen fuel cell. It’s the only emission is steam of water and condensed water while it operates with the lowest noise levels. Alstom is one of the first manufacturers worldwide to develop a passenger train based on such technology. Coradia iLint enables sustainable train operation while it’s performance matches that of regular regional trains.
How Does it work?
Coradia iLint is unique for its combination of different innovative elements a clean energy conversion, a flexible energy storage capacity and smart management of the traction power and remaining energy. The principle relies on a fuel cell which produces the electric power it’s the core of the system. The fuel cell is supplied with hydrogen on demand by a combination of hydrogen with oxygen from ambient air inside the fuel cell produces the electric energy needed to provide the vehicle.
The efficiency of the system also relies on the storage of energy in high-performance lithium-ion batteries. They accumulate the power not immediately used to supply it later as needed. This results in the better efficiency of the fuel consumption. Alstom has also designed a smart power and energy management system to instantaneously deliver power wherever is necessary for the Train resulting in the greater independence of the vehicle.
The fuel cell is mainly used to provide traction power during the acceleration phases with extra support from the batteries if any extra acceleration boost is required.
At the same time during the braking phases, the kinetic energy is generated by the traction inverter system making the train nearly self-sufficient to power its onboard equipment. It’s the secondary energy production any surplus is redirected to charge the batteries. This system has an additional consumption advantage as it saves hydrogen.
During coasting or low acceleration phases, the batteries supply the energy necessary to power traction as well as the onboard system. The fuel cell is continuously remaining available to recharge the batteries whenever necessary.
Since the electric energy produced by a fuel cell or recovered from braking is intelligently managed Coradia iLint matches the range and performance of similar conventional regional trains but with nearly no impact on the environment to make the deployment of the Coradia iLint as easy as possible for operators. Alstom provides a complete offer consisting of the train itself; it’s maintenance but also the whole hydrogen infrastructure out of one hand.
Alstom develops Coradia iLint in partnership with renowned German and Canadian companies boasting many years of experience in the fields of hydrogen energy and batteries. This synergy around Coradia iLint enables ask them to introduce this technological breakthrough soon as early as 2018 the first Coradia iLint would be useful in service in Germany. Today with Coradia iLint Alstom is taking a considerable step towards the rail of tomorrow.
Hydrogen Power Train In Germany: –
Germany tests the world’s first Hydrogen-Powered Train. Germany has successfully conducted trials of the world’s first Hydrogen-Powered zero emission train in March. The Hydrogen-Powered train can travel up to 140 km/h and can carry 300 passengers. The fuel cells on top of the Train combine Hydrogen and Oxygen to generate electricity which is then transferred to the lithium-ion batteries inside the train.
The Train only emits steam and water as byproducts. It is also 60% quieter than traditional diesel trains. The Five states in Germany have agreed to buy a total of 60 Hydrogen-Powered Trains. Other countries including the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and the UK have also expressed interest in the trains.