Germany to Put First Zero-Emissions Train Into Service This December

❝ Trains, buses and trucks are all vital to the modern world, but the vast majority of them use huge amounts of fuel and create tons of air pollution. What’s even worse is that they represent a (thus far) missed opportunity for making the world’s cities greener.

While buses reduce the need for cars, trains are capable of hauling huge amounts of goods, as are trucks, AND moving huge amounts of people. Imagine if we could convert all of these big vehicles to run on hydrogen, which is the most basic of all molecules…

❝ Many of the world’s advanced nations, namely Norway, Japan and Germany, are investing heavily in the technology in order to move away from their dependence on fossil fuels. The Norwegians, for instance, are going about implementing a new hydrogen-powered train network right now, saving $67 million a year in fuel in the process.

❝ Germany is going even further. It will launch the world’s first hydrogen-powered commuter rail service in December 2017. The hydrogen-powered trains will be used on smaller interurban routes initially, however it’s the first step towards a cleaner, zero-emissions future.

Nice to see some nations – like some cities and states here in the US – press ahead with technology combatting climate change. Something for the next administration [or Congress] to get to work on.

One thought on “Germany to Put First Zero-Emissions Train Into Service This December

  1. Pokey puppy says:

    “Using hydrogen as an alternative fuel source via a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell, also known as a polymer electrolyte membrane, is quickly gaining traction. It is something scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory are looking to make efficient and cost-effective enough to see it used on a large-scale basis, first with long-haul 18-wheelers and eventually with everyday vehicles.
    LANL is part of a Department of Energy-funded consortium of five national labs called the Million Mile Fuel Cell Truck, joining with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and ​the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.”

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