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Hydrogen-powered train now approved and tested in Austria

The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, Alstom’s Coradia iLint, has just completed three months of successful test operation on ÖBB’s (Austrian Federal Railways) regional lines. In addition, the train has received official approval from the highest railway authority in the country, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK).

As a result, Austria has become the second country in Europe, after Germany, to fully approve of the Coradia iLint as an emission-free alternative to diesel multiple units. Alstom has a world-leading position in hydrogen mobility by rail – no other train manufacturer can currently offer a proven, tested hydrogen train ready for series production.

ÖBB subjected Alstom’s hydrogen train to the three months of testing on four demanding routes in southern Lower Austria, Vienna and eastern Styria. It tested both operability and performance of the new drive technology on steep track sections and under the most varied climatic conditions. Following the successful operation in Austria, the data collected will now be analysed to further perfect the technology for the context.

“We are immensely proud to confirm that the Coradia iLint has proven that it is suitable for all service routes – even on steep sections its performance is convincing. Not to mention our pride in the fact that the train has now received official approval in Austria. I also congratulate OBB for being a pioneer in testing hydrogen technology on rail in Austria,” said Gian Luca Erbacci, senior vice president of Alstom Europe.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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