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World’s First Zero-Emissions Hydrogen Train Will Go Into Service in Germany

Germany will run the world's first zero-emission, hydrogen passenger train which will begin testing this December and will start operations in December 2017. The hydrogen, or hydrail, train is set to run on the Buxtehude-Bremervörde-Bremerhaven-Cuxhaven line in Lower Saxony.

The producers of the train, Alstom company, claims it has enough onboard hydrogen storage capacity for a 497-mile range, and can reach a top speed of 87 mph.

The train uses a hydrogen fuel tank stored on the roof of the vehicle, which powers a fuel cell to produce electrical energy. Its only emission is steam and condensed water and it produces a much lower level of noise than diesel trains.

 
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