Engineering

China manufacture hydrogen trains

The world’s first train powered by hydrogen was manufactured in East Chinese city port (Qingdao). A bright spot for the quality of air in Chinese cities.

While the automotive industry has been high hopes on hydrogen, the clean fuel rail is still a relatively new topic. In China hydrogen train fits perfectly in the State program for the comeback of the trains.

The train with hydrogen is made by company Qingdao Sifang, a subsidiary of China South locomotive train producer and rolling stock corporation was built. It took me two years to solve the key technical problems, Liang Jianying, the Chief Engineer of Sifang opposite the Xinhua News Agency said. Now, the railway with 60 seats as a whole could carry 380 passengers.

Water vapor is the only exhaust in Chinese hydrogen train.

Within three minutes, can be refueled the car with hydrogen and then has a range of 100 kilometers. The maximum speed is 70 kilometers per hour. “train lines in China are on average about 15 km long” said Liang. “This means that you could go three times back and forth with a hydrogen filling.” The train is instructed not to power, China increasingly WINS with polluting coal-fired plants.

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Chinese train manufacturer Qingdao Sifang made hydrogen based trains. As the only exhaust produces harmless is water vapour. Photo: Qingdao Sifang

Apparently fuel cells are used for the new hydrogen trains, where hydrogen reacts with oxygen. Liang stressed that no nitrogen oxides would be produced during operation of the hydrogen train because the temperature inside the fuel cell to under 100 degrees Celsius . “Water steam will be the only exhaust of the hydrogen train.”

China invested 500 billion euro in hydrogen train network to reduce traffic jams.

The hydrogen train could be an interesting detail in China’s relatively young efforts to promote the hydrogen train network. Two years ago, the Chinese Government began a program in 36 cities by 2020 will built hydrogen train systems. For it are a total of about 500 billion euros available.

Traffic jam in Beijing
Traffic jam in Beijing: millions of Chinese citizens fulfilled itself in the last few years the dream of your own car. The result: huge traffic jams. China invested in the train network EUR 500 billion to reduce it.

Thus a municipal transportation is to be revived, that already existed in China at the beginning of the last century, but was abandoned after the second world war. A short construction time, low costs and high transport performance speak for the hydrogen train. So far, China had to instruct however foreign, particularly French streetcar Builder, because there was still no local hydrogen train production.