The province of Groningen publishes the results of the Coradia iLint tests carried out in March 2020: the same performance as diesel vehicles but zero emissions.

After the German green light comes the Dutch light. The province of Groningen recently published the results of tests carried out in March with the Coradia iLint, Alstom’s famous hydrogen train.

The train was tested on 65 kilometers of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the north of the Netherlands. The goal? To determine whether electric fuel cell technology could be a fully sustainable alternative to the diesel engine currently in circulation in the north of the country.

For the test, Alstom’s hydrogen train was tested – without passengers – with provincial operator Arriva, Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail and energy company Engie. DEKRA, an independent testing, inspection and certification company, oversaw operations.

the report shows that Alstom’s hydrogen train achieved the four predefined goals: authorization from the National Safety Assessment Authority (NSA) of the Netherlands to travel on the country’s rail network; the total absence of emissions and the perfect adaptation to the current commercial service; quick and easy refueling; and familiarization of the general public with hydrogen mobility.

After Germany, the Netherlands is the second country in Europe where Alstom’s hydrogen train has proven to be a unique zero-emission solution for non-electrified lines. The tests demonstrated the maturity of our train in terms of accessibility and reliability, offering the same performance as diesel trains with the advantage of low noise and zero emissions. Coradia iLint supports the transition to sustainable transport systems globally.

Bernard Belvaux, Managing Director of Alstom Benelux.

Regarding the performance of the commercial service, the route with stops (all stations) and the express route passed the test. Hydrogen consumption, infrastructure compatibility, acceleration, braking, approach to the dock, maximum speed, performance of the auxiliary system: all operations went well.

In addition, it is considerably quieter than current diesel trains, which is a significant advantage for passengers and those who live close to the line.