New fast-track software tool for emissions-free transport

New software now being developed as part of an EU-funded project will ease the roll-out of hydrogen-powered haulage vehicles, ships and trains when a “new Europe” starts to take shape once the Covid-19 crisis is behind us.

“The Green Transition” has become a mantra for everything from the manufacture of tomorrow’s products to the ways in which we transport people and materials. However, according to SINTEF researcher Kyrre Sundseth, many people tend to forget how demanding it is rapidly to develop emissions-free systems in the transport sector.

As part of the “European Green Deal” – an EU initiative designed to make Europe climate neutral by 2050 – the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells is a key factor. These cells are small, transportable devices that convert hydrogen and air into electricity. The electricity is used to drive an electric engine that in turn powers haulage vehicles, ships and trains. The only emissions are pure water.

Hydrogen-powered vehicles are also fitted with a small battery that charges up when the vehicle brakes. The battery can then generate power to provide the engine with an extra boost when this is needed.

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