Industrial, Sourcing Renewables - June 20, 2022
Volvo Tests Hydrogen Hauler
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is testing a fuel cell articulated hauler prototype, the Volvo HX04, to break ground in hydrogen technology.
The results of the project will provide insights into the possibilities provided by hydrogen and fuel cells as Volvo CE continues research for its future product development programs.
The Volvo HX04 is the result of a research project running between 2018 and 2022 with funding from FFI, a national collaboration between the Swedish Innovation Agency VINNOVA, Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration, to support sustainable vehicle strategic research, innovation and development.
The partners include Volvo CE, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, who provided specialist competence on driveline development and safety and PowerCell Sweden, a developer of fuel cell-based hydrogen-electric power solutions.
The development and building of the six-wheel prototype has largely been carried out at Volvo CE’s facility in Braås, Sweden.
The infrastructure for hydrogen is still in development, which means refueling the Volvo HX04 is an important aspect to solve in the project. Shell installed a state-of-the-art hydrogen refueling station at the Volvo CE test track in Braås.
“Providing the fueling infrastructure for this innovative project gave Shell the opportunity to demonstrate our technical capabilities in hydrogen, and enabled us to support one of our key global collaboration partners in taking another step forward in their decarbonization journey, which goes to the heart and intent of Shell’s Powering Progress strategy,” said Oliver Bishop, Shell’s General Manager for Hydrogen Mobility in a statement.