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Germany inaugurates world’s first hydrogen-powered train fleet

Germany has inaugurated a railway line powered entirely by hydrogen,

world premiere” and a significant step forward for green train transport despite nagging supply challenges.

14 trains provided by French industrial giant Alstom to the German state of Lower Saxony has replaced diesel locomotives on the 100km (60 miles) of track connecting the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude near Hamburg.

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“We are very proud to put this technology into operation together with our strong partners as a world premiere,”

Alstom CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge said in a statement on Wednesday.

Hydrogen trains have become a promising way to decarbonise the rail sector and replace climate-warming diesel,

which still powers 20 percent of journeys in Germany.

Regional rail operator LNVG said the fleet, which cost 93 million euros ($93m),

would prevent 4,400 tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere each year.