This is the first hydrogen train in the world.

This is the first hydrogen train in the world.

German officials announced Wednesday

that the world's first fleet hydrogen-powered passenger train has been launched

It replaced 15 diesel trains which had previously been operated on non-electrified tracks in Lower Saxony.

14 newly inaugurated trains use hydrogen fuel cell technology to produce electricity that powers their engines.

The German government supports expanding hydrogen's use as an alternative to fossil fuels.

Stephan Weil, the state governor, stated that the USD 92 Million project

was a great example of Lower Saxony’s efforts to make their economy greener.

Regional rail company LNVG operates the Alstom trains between Cuxhaven and Bremerhaven.

Alstom claims that the Coradia iLint trains can travel up to 1,000 kilometres at a speed of 140 kmph (87 mph).

The trains can save more than 1.6 million litres of diesel fuel

each year by using hydrogen from renewable energy.

The hydrogen is currently made as a byproduct of chemical processes.

However, Linde, a German specialty gas company,

plans to produce it locally using renewable energy in three years.