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World's first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train tested in Poland
Kind: ICD What's New  Organization: Department of International Cooperation  Publish Date: 2021-06-29 15:41
The world's first and only operational passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells has been tested for the first time in Poland, marking a major step forward toward a new era in railway transportation.

The Coradia iLint, developed by France-based train engineering giant Alstom, has made its initial run on the Railway Research Institute’s testing track in the town of Żmigród in southwestern Poland.

The environmentally-friendly locomotive is fast and quiet and, most importantly, emits only water vapor and condensation. It possesses a range of innovations, such as clean energy conversion and an efficient energy supply and storage system combined with smart energy management, thereby enabling clean and sustainable train operations.

The train is designed specifically for use on non-electrified lines, thereby making it more cost-friendly as no overhead line infrastructure needs to be put in place.

The test run came following the Polish government’s announcement of the National Recovery Plan, which includes introducing 30 low-emission trains for regional operators in the country by the year 2026.

According to Waldemar Szulc, head of the Operating Centre of the Experimental Track of the Railway Research Institute in Węglewo, with rail transport entering a new era of zero emissions, the launch of the hydrogen-powered train will go down in history.

Sources: Taipei Representative Office in Poland, Alstom website, polandin.com

Update: 2020-04-23
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