A hydrogen fuel cell passenger train has been sucessfully tested over 10-days in the Netherlands

The Coradia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train. The Netherlands is the second country in Europe after Germany to test this train.

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The emissions-free solution was tested on the 65 kilometres of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. This was possible thanks to a pilot agreement signed last October by Alstom and the Province of Groningen, local operator Arriva, the Dutch railway infrastructure manager ProRail and the energy company Engie.

The train has been developed and produced by Alstom teams located in Salzgitter, Germany and Tarbes, France. The technological company believes that their train, powered on hydrogen, is reliable and highly performant, just like traditional regional trains.

 

Why are hydrogen-fueled cars lagged behind their battery-electric counterparts?

Automakers continue to push into fuel-cell vehicles. But without sufficient infrastructure (fuel stations), I fear their adoption rates have little chance to catch up to battery-powered electric vehicles.

On the flip side, as more people purchase battery-powered electrical vehicles, power utilities will need to up their game and to provide power for these vehicles.

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In California, the vehicles typically come with up to $10,000 in tax savings and a $15,000 fuel card, good for about three years of free hydrogen fuel, lessening the blow of a $60,000 pricetag. Compared to typical plug-in cars that travel about 100 to 370 miles on a single charge, hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles promise 300 to 400 miles per fill-up, similar to the highest-mileage gas-only cars.

But despite those selling points, hydrogen-fueled cars have long lagged behind their battery-electric counterparts in adoption, a gap that they appear increasingly unlikely to overcome. Although Tesla has helped drive widespread consumer adoption, along with easy ways to charge up at home and on the road, hydrogen-fueled vehicles haven’t made it past early buyers. With just 44 public fueling stations in California by January, the fleet has been persistently plagued by sparse coverage; the cars are also more expensive.

A review of U.S. Department of Energy data also showed that outside of California, the build-out of hydrogen refueling infrastructure stagnated over the past decade as electric vehicles rose. While there were 58 public and private hydrogen stations in the country in 2012, the number had grown to only 61 by the end of 2019 – as the share grew more and more concentrated in California, which doubled its network of stations over that time while states such as New York saw their hydrogen pumps close.

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City of Aberdeen, Scotland expecting 15 fuel cell double-decker buses in spring 2020

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The buses are Wrightbus Streetdeck FCEV with FCmove-HD fuel cell systems made by Canadian company Ballard Power Systems. The fuel cell bus was developed as part of the EU-funded JIVE project. In June of last year, Everfuel, Wrightbus, Ballard Power Systems, Hexagon Composites, Nel Hydrogen and Ryse Hydrogen joined forces to form the H2Bus consortium to provide 1,000 FC buses in European cities and the necessary infrastructure at competitive prices.

The financing for the purchase of Aberdeen’s hydrogen double-decker buses comes from an £8.3million project (9.5 million euros) funded by Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Government, and the European Union (FCH JU), with an investment of around £500,000 per vehicle.