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Germany Unveils Hydrogen-Powered Train That Only Emits Steam


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German engineering has long been on the cutting edge – but this new train may take the cake. Called the Caradia iLint, the new train will easily travel up to 500 miles each day, at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour – running only on hydrogen. The only byproduct of the train’s engine? Water vapor.

First revealed at Berlin’s August InnoTrans trade show, fourteen of the new trains will run in Lower Saxony, starting in late 2017, after they’re tested the rest of this year.

“Alstom is proud to launch a breakthrough innovation in the field of clean transportation,” said Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge, in a statement, also saying that it “shows our ability to work in close collaboration with our customers and develop a train in only two years.”

Hydrogen battery cells atop the train will mix hydrogen with oxygen from the air, which results in heat – and that heat will crank turbines that provide power for the train, with the only resultant byproduct, water vapor, meaning this is a true zero-emission breakthrough.

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