In Austria, a hydrogen train is set to travel on challenging alpine routes

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In Austria, a hydrogen train is set to travel on challenging alpine routes - CNBC

Rail passengers in Austria are set to take part in a trial of a hydrogen fuel cell train, as the rollout of technology that could change the way public transport systems operate continues at a steady pace.

In a statement at the end of last week, ÖBB, the Austrian Federal Railways, said the train would enter passenger service in southern areas of Lower Austria, with the “test phase” due to continue “until at least the end of November 2020.” The train is slated to start carrying passengers this week and its deployment will be used to evaluate, among other things, how it operates on challenging alpine routes.

Built by European transport firm Alstom, the Coradia iLint harnesses fuel cell technology to turn oxygen and hydrogen into electricity. According to the company, it can reach speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour, is low-noise and “emits only steam and water.”
 
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