Alstom deploys Poland’s first fuel cell passenger train

The Coradia iLint is now rolling on the test track of the Railway Research Institute.

Alstom (EPA stock symbol ALO) recently announced that its Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell passenger train was running on the Railway Research Institute test track.

The tests will help determine the potential of the train for sustainable transport in Poland.

Alstom’s Coradia iLint was the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train. It is currently being tested near Wrocław, Poland, in Żmigród. The tests took place over two days, during which the Alstom teams presented the train to several local players. These stakeholders included local transport authorities, regional operators and government decision-makers, in addition to mainstream media.

The objective of the presentations was to highlight the potential of Coradia iLint to provide Poland with sustainable transport options. These presentations followed Poland’s announcement of its national recovery plan. The aim was to stimulate the economy for a post-pandemic recovery which included the introduction of 30 low-emission trains to be used by operators across the country by 2026.

The Coradia iLint is the first and currently the only operational hydrogen fuel cell passenger train.

The locomotive operates entirely without greenhouse gas emissions, emitting only water vapor due to its operation. Operation is also exceptionally quiet, especially compared to traditionally powered locomotives.

This rail vehicle model features a number of emission-free energy innovations, including its clean energy conversion and efficient energy supply and storage system. It also uses smart power management technology. The train can run cleanly and sustainably and has been designed for use on non-electrified railway lines.

“Coradia iLint trains represent a huge opportunity for Poland to reduce CO2 emissions and even decarbonize rail transport. With hydrogen-powered public transport, regional operators can be beacons of modern mobility, as recently experienced by Germany, the Netherlands and Austria – which have tested and are implementing or planning to implement hydrogen trains,” said the general manager of Alstom in Poland, Ukraine. and the Baltics, Sławomir Nalewajka at the announcement of hydrogen fuel cell passenger train trials. “If Poland builds refueling stations and calls for tenders for hydrogen trains, Alstom’s site in Konstal will have all the tools necessary to manufacture such a fleet. The Coradia iLint is an exact copy of the best-selling Coradia Lint, which was produced in Chorzów. The only difference is the propulsion; diesel is replaced by fuel cells, which guarantee emission-free transport.

Jose P. Rogers