China’s hydrogen-powered train with a range of 1000 km successfully completed a test run

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China's hydrogen-powered train with a range of 1000 km successfully completes a test run

China has taken a significant step towards clean urban transportation with the successful test run of its first domestically developed hydrogen-powered train. The historic launch took place on Thursday morning in Changchun, Jilin Province. Developed by CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles, the train reached a speed of 160 kilometers per hour when fully loaded. This successful test marks a major breakthrough in the application of hydrogen technology to rail transportation.

Average energy consumption is only 5 kilowatt-hours per kilometer

Unlike traditional trains that rely on fossil fuels or overhead power lines, this innovative train boasts a hydrogen propulsion system. This system is a powerful and durable source of energy, and test data shows that the average energy consumption is only 5 kilowatt-hours per kilometer. This figure meets all design requirements and puts the train at the forefront of energy efficiency on a global scale.

The train boasts an impressive range of more than 1,000 kilometers, which significantly reduces the need for refueling stops. Prior to the test run, the hydrogen power plant underwent rigorous tests for durability, operation in extreme temperatures (from -25°C to 35°C), vibration resistance, electromagnetic compatibility, and fire safety. This comprehensive testing ensures safe and reliable operation of the train.

This successful trial operation is an important milestone for China’s rail transportation industry, paving the way for the wider deployment of hydrogen power. It also contributes to achieving key technological independence and control in the development of high-tech transportation equipment. We hope that this trend will spread to more countries where energy balance can be achieved over time.

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