Dutch railways aiming for hydrogen train
The Netherlands go for more environmentally-friendly rail solutions. Next year they will start test runs with a hydrogen train.
According to ProRail, the rail infrastructure manager of the Netherlands, the first practical trial will run on the Leeuwarden-Groningen railway. A hydrogen-powered train has zero-emission, generates its own clean energy, makes less noise and can be used without a driver on board.
Sustainable and efficient
“As a rail sector, we cannot lag behind road traffic, where there is already a lot of experimentation with hydrogen power and autonomous vehicles”, says ProRail-topman Eringa. “The rails are ideally suited for more sustainable and efficient transport, especially when more and more trains have to run on the busy Dutch network in order to absorb passenger growth.”
In cooperation with other transport operators, ProRail will also start testing self-propelled trains on the Betuwe line and in the port of Rotterdam. If the project turns out to be positive, it can be further expanded because the northern Netherlands have also shown interest.
800 km+ range
A hydrogen train can reach speeds of up to 140 km/hour and has a range of more than 800 kilometres. The first passenger test runs with a hydrogen train will be performed later this year in Germany by Alstom, the French company that has developed the very first type of this train (the Coradia iLint).