Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) today (June 13) announced it has started testing, what it calls, the world’s first hydrogen-powered articulated hauler prototype, in a step towards decarbonising construction machinery.
Powered by a hydrogen-fuel cell, the emission free, Volvo HX04 carries 12kg of hydrogen, with an operation time of approximately four hours, Volvo CE has said.
The development and building of the six-wheeled prototype has primarily been carried out at Volvo CE’s facility in Braås, Sweden, with hopes that insights from the concept will contribute to future commercial production.
H2 View understands, the Volvo HX04, comes out of a four year research project aimed to support sustainable vehicle strategic research, innovation, and development.
The project was funded by FFI, a Swedish collaboration between VINNOVA, Swedish Energy Agency, and Swedish Transport Administration. Partnering with Volvo CE throughout the project were, Research Institutes of Sweden, and Powecell Sweden.
Fellow founding member of H2Accelerate, a collaboration seeking to accelerate mass hydrogen truck roll-outs in Europe, Shell installed a hydrogen refuelling station at Volvo CE’s test track in Braås.
Carolina Diez Ferrer, Head of Advanced Engineering Programmes at Volvo CE, said, “Being inventors of the world’s first articulated hauler more than 55 years ago, we are happy and proud to again drive change with this fuel cell hauler concept.
“While an early prototype, this innovation will give valuable insights into the opportunities of hydrogen in the energy transformation alongside battery-electric solutions.
“We believe that by exploring multiple technologies and working in partnership we can create the best path forward to decarbonise the construction industry.”
The testing comes as Volvo CE accelerates it work on sustainable power sources, in line with its Science Based Targets initiative (SCTi) commitment, to build a Net Zero value chain emission by 2040.
North American Hydrogen Summit
H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.
As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.
With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?
If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.
Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.