The state of Hessen has ordered 27 hydrogen-powered trains for use on lines including those to Germany’s financial capital Frankfurt. Last year, the state of Lower Saxony unveiled the world’s first commercial hydrogen-powered train service.
The trains are more environmentally friendly than conventional ones since that run on fuel cells that produce electricity through a combination of hydrogen and oxygen, leaving only steam and water as emissions.
The batteries are made by French company Alstom, so the trains are an illustration of the business opportunities Germany’s Energiewende – its turn toward clean, renewable energy – offers foreign as well as German firms.
“Hydrogen technologies offer enormous potential for the Energiewende, climate protection and new jobs,” said Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier.