The Coradia iLint trains are scheduled to convey travellers between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude from December 2021.
The Coradia iLint trains are scheduled to convey travellers between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude from December 2021.

Linde, which provides gases for 3D printing and other metal powder processes, along with public transport company LNVG and train company Alstom have signed a contract to deliver 14 fuel cell trains and supply their 30-year maintenance and energy supply in Wolfsburg, Germany.

The Coradia iLint trains are scheduled to convey travellers between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude from December 2021 and will replace diesel multiple units, reducing the pollutant emission in daily service to zero. The Linde Group will provide the hydrogen supply of the new fuel cell trains and will operate what it says is the first hydrogen filling station for trains, in Bremervörde, costing around €10 million funded by the German federal government.

The trains will be able to cover up to 1,000 kilometres with one tank fill, and can reach a maximum speed of up to 140 km/h.

‘From now on there will be a real alternative to diesel trains in non-electrified rail transport,’ said transport minister Olaf Lies. ‘Hydrogen and fuel cells are an ideal combination for climate protection as well as for the energy and transport revolution.’

‘The use of hydrogen for rail vehicles is a milestone in the application of fuel cells for emission-free transport,’ said Bernd Eulitz, member of the executive board of Linde AG. ‘For the first time, the coupling of this sector to hydrogen infrastructure will be realized within a significant scope and in an economically viable manner. This development will push the establishment of a hydrogen society and will create new solutions for the storage and transport of energy.’

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