The Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have completed a 10-week test of hydrogen fuel cell trains developed by the French company Alstom. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) has remained satisfied with the tests. It has issued the corresponding permit for the mass operation of the Coradia iLint trains, according to Hightech+.
Gradually, hydrogen trains will completely replace diesel trains on all routes in Austria.
Alstom and ÖBB carried out trials with real passengers daily for three months on four challenging routes. The trains used only one ÖBB filling station in Wiener Neustadt. Coradia iLint consisted of two cars, developed a speed of up to 140 km / h and moved along the rails almost silently.
“We are proud to have been able to confirm that Coradia iLint trains are suitable for all service routes - even on steep sections, their performance was convincing. I also congratulate OBB for pioneering hydrogen technology testing in Austrian railways, ”said Gian Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice President, Alstom Europe.
Germany has been testing Alstom trains running on hydrogen since 2018 and has already approved its operation. The German government has issued a large order - 41 hydrogen trains will be delivered to Germany by 2022. Italian rail operator Ferrovie dello Stato has followed Germany's lead and plans to decarbonize railways by the end of the decade with Snam. And the UK is now using Porterbrook's HydroFLEX trains on limited routes. If tests of the latter are successful, HydroFLEX will begin replacing conventional trains in 2023.
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