New Delhi:Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has accelerated its work into sustainable energy sources with the testing of the world’s first gas cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04. The outcomes of the venture will present vital insights into the probabilities supplied by hydrogen and gas cells as Volvo CE continues analysis for its future product improvement programmes, the corporate stated in a launch.
Moreover battery-electric options, the place Volvo CE is providing the most important vary of economic merchandise, the corporate’s efforts additionally embody exploring the potential of electrification via hydrogen gas cell know-how. Now, an vital milestone has been reached with the testing of a world-first emission free hydrogen fuel cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04, the corporate stated.
“Being inventors of the world’s first articulated hauler greater than 55 years in the past, we’re glad and proud to once more drive change with this gas cell hauler idea. Whereas an early prototype, this innovation will give beneficial insights into the alternatives of hydrogen within the vitality transformation alongside battery-electric options. We imagine that by exploring a number of applied sciences and dealing in partnership we will create the perfect path ahead to decarbonize the development trade,” Carolina Diez Ferrer, Head of Superior Engineering Applications at Volvo CE, stated.
In keeping with the corporate the Volvo HX04 is the results of a analysis venture working between 2018 and 2022, with funding from FFI, a nationwide collaboration between the Swedish Innovation Company VINNOVA, Swedish Power Company, and Swedish Transport Administration, to assist sustainable car strategic analysis, innovation and improvement.
Companions embody Volvo CE, RISE Analysis Institute of Sweden, which supplied specialist competence on driveline improvement and security, and PowerCell Sweden, a developer of gas cell-based hydrogen-electric energy options.
The event and constructing of the six-wheel prototype has largely been carried out at Volvo CE’s facility in Braås, Sweden. Infrastructure for hydrogen remains to be in improvement, which suggests refuelling the Volvo HX04 is a crucial facet to resolve within the venture, the corporate famous. Shell put in a state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling station on the Volvo CE check monitor in Braås.
Each Shell and Volvo Group are founding members of H2Accelerate, a collaboration of firms working to foster circumstances for the mass market roll-out of hydrogen vans in Europe.
“Offering the fuelling infrastructure for this modern venture gave Shell the chance to display our technical capabilities in hydrogen, and enabled us to assist considered one of our key international collaboration companions in taking one other step ahead of their decarbonization journey, which works to the guts and intent of Shell’s Powering Progress technique,” Oliver Bishop, Shell’s Common Supervisor for Hydrogen Mobility, stated.
The corporate claims that the fuelling course of for hydrogen autos is quick – the Volvo HX04 is charged with 12 kg hydrogen in circa 7,5 minutes, enabling it to function for roughly 4 hours. Gasoline cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen and the ensuing chemical response produces electrical energy which powers the machine. Within the course of, gas cells additionally produce warmth that can be utilized for heating of the cab. Gasoline cells solely emit one factor – water vapor.
In precept, a gas cell works very like a battery besides that it generates its personal electrical energy from the hydrogen onboard as wanted quite than being charged from an exterior supply. Automobiles with gas cell electrical powertrains have an uptime, vary, and fuelling time much like that of combustion engine powered autos.
Whereas battery-electric autos and biofuels are commercially obtainable immediately, as extra sustainable alternate options to diesel, commercialization of hydrogen-powered machines is anticipated in the course of the second half of this decade.