Alstom and the Province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, the
Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail and the energy company
signed plans for a pilot project to test the Coradia iLint, a
passenger train powered by hydrogen fuel cells (earlier
post), for the first time in the Netherlands.
The tests will be carried out on the track between Groningen and
Leeuwarden at up to 140 km/h and will last about two weeks. The
ambition is to organize the test during the first quarter of 2020.
The objective is to demonstrate that hydrogen fuel cell technology
is an appropriate way to achieve zero-emission rail traffic on
non-electrified lines in the Netherlands where there are currently
diesel trains running.
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.—Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director of Alstom Benelux
The Coradia iLint is 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
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
has 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.
The iLint was designed by Alstom teams in Salzgitter (Germany),
the center of excellence for regional trains, and in Tarbes
(France), center of excellence for traction systems. The project
benefits from the support of the German Ministry of Economy and
Mobility and the development of the Coradia iLint was funded by the
German government as part of the National Innovation Program for
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).
Source: FS – Transport 2
Alstom to test its hydrogen fuel cell train in the Netherlands; first pilot project outside Germany