The US Department of Energy (DOE) has collaborated the with the Department of Defence’s US Army Ground Vehicle Systems Centre and the US Army Corps of Engineers to develop hydrogen fuel cell vehicle technology for emergency disaster relief.
Under the collaboration, project partners will develop and demonstrate a ‘H2Rescue’ emergency relief truck, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.
The project will also include a feasibility study and the development of a joint plan for demonstration to ensure the emergency relief truck meets the needs of users in the emergency management field.
Recent disasters such as fires in California and Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, have promoted interest in speciality disaster and emergency relief vehicles.
The announcement supports DOE’s [email protected] initiative that enables affordable and reliable hydrogen generation, transport storage, and utilisations in the US across multiple sectors.