H2Haul wins hydrogen transport award 06 April 2021

European publicly-funded hydrogen R&D project H2Haul received the Hydrogen Transport Award at the first edition of the World Hydrogen Awards organised by the Sustainable Energy Council.

H2Haul is deploying hydrogen fuel cell trucks and infrastructure in Belgium, France, Germany, and Switzerland.

So far, the project has opened a hydrogen refuelling station in the Swiss region of Lucerne. Stations are also being prepared at other deployment sites, such as Fos-sur-Mer in France. FPT Industrial, IVECO and VDL are developing the trucks, which are due to be deployed from 2022.

The H2Haul project (Hydrogen fuel cell trucks for heavy-duty, zero-emission logistics) will deploy 16 zero-emission fuel cell trucks in four demonstration sites. The project began in 2019 and will run until 2024.

The project won €12 million of funding by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) under the Horizon 2020 framework. FCH JU is a public-private partnership of the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by the research group Hydrogen Europe Research.

Participants are: Air Liquide, BMW Group, Bosch, Colruyt Group, Element Energy Limited, ElringKlinger, FPT Industrial, Hydrogen Europe, H2 Energy, IRU, IVECO, Powercell Sweden, Sphera, VDL and WaterstofNet.

Bart Biebuyck, executive director of the FCH JU, stated: “Steep decarbonisation of the transport sector, including trucks, will be vital for the realisation of the Green Deal vision. We would like to congratulate H2Haul for winning the Hydrogen Transport Award and are excited to witness that such a strong consortium can ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen solutions ‘made in the EU’ will play a central role in meeting the challenge.”

Transport Engineer

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