GERMANY: Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG has announced an order for Alstom to supply 14 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-units, with options for 33 more.

The initial batch of units is to be deployed on Weser-Elbe services between Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude.

The contract has been awarded to a consortium of Alstom and hydrogen supplier Linde through a negotiated procedure, because LNVG wishes to use fuel cell vehicles in preference to diesel units and believes Alstom is currently the only company in the world which can offer suitable rolling stock that is fully-developed for passenger use.

Alstom presented its prototype two-car Coradia iLint multiple-unit at InnoTrans in September 2016, and test running began in April. The prototype is expected to begin carrying passengers in early 2018. The unit has been developed as part of the German national hydrogen and fuel cell technology programme, and incorporates roof-mounted fuel cells from Hydrogenics, Xperion storage tank, Akasol underfloor batteries. and Selectron control systems.

The consortium of Alstom and Linde will be responsible for the supply, maintenance and fuelling of the LNVG units throughout their life, as patented technology is involved.

  • The Coradia iLint was described in more detail in the March 2017 issue of Railway Gazette International magazine, which subscribers can access in the digital archive.