China inaugurates its first hydrogen urban train

Inspenet, January 27, 2023

The joint venture between CRRC Changchun Railway Company and Chengdu Rail Transit announced the launch of the world’s first hydrogen-powered urban train. In this sense, hydrogen-powered trains already exist, but this is the first to be developed specifically for a city environment.

In this regard, the zero-emission train adopted the core technology of the Fuxing bullet train and is capable of reaching 160 km/h; making it the fastest hydrogen train to date. The train has a built-in hydrogen power system, which provides a long-lasting power source, with a 600 km battery life.

The train has officially rolled off the assembly line in Chengdu, southwest China’s Sichuan province.

For this new clean energy urban train, a hydrogen fuel cell and supercapacitor were placed, instead of the original catenary power supply. The electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen produces power in the hydrogen fuel cell; water being the only by-product of the reaction. Furthermore, the reaction process is stable and the resulting noise is minimal.

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