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On Wednesday, August 24, German officials launched the world's first fleet of hydrogen-powered passenger trains, replacing 15 diesel trains that previously ran on non-electrified tracks in Lower Saxony, AP reports.
14 new trains use hydrogen fuel cells to generate electricity to power their engines. The German government has supported the expansion of the use of hydrogen as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.
Governor Stefan Weil said that the project cost 93 million euros is a “perfect example” Lower Saxony's efforts to make its economy greener.
Trains manufactured by the French company Alstom are operated by the regional railway company LNVG on routes between the northern cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremerfjorde and Buxtehude.
Alstom says that Coradia iLint trains have a range of up to 1,000 km and a top speed of 140 km/h. Using renewable energy-produced hydrogen, the trains will save 1.6 million liters of diesel fuel per year.
B Hydrogen is currently produced as a by-product in chemical processes, but German specialist gas company Linde plans to produce it locally using only renewable energy within three years.
Prepared by: Sergey Daga