This project, named “RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLE FOR URBAN SERVICE APPLICATIONS WITH BATTERY-HYDROGEN FUEL CELL HYBRID TECHNOLOGY” with the file number PTAS-20211014, has been subsidized by the Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and supported by the Ministry of Science and Innovation as part of the PTAS programme (Sustainable Automotive Technology Programme) within the Spain’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
This project is being cooperatively developed by a consortium formed by prestigious companies with extensive experience and specialised in each of the aspects and materials involved in the development of the project, such as FCC Medio Ambiente, IRIZAR, JEMA ENERGY and CALVERA HYDROGEN. It is also being complemented by the participation of public research bodies (PRBs) such as INSIA, TECNALIA, CNH2 and CIDETEC. Thus, supporting public-private partnerships within the R&D area.
The main objective of the H2TRUCK project is the research of technologies linked to the components and their integration into a prototype electric vehicle powered by a battery-hydrogen fuel cell, pluggable and with a low cabin, for further development and validation.
The vehicle will be able to auto-recharge its batteries while it moves at times of low power demand, by transforming the hydrogen stored in deposits into electric energy. This will enable us to obtain enough autonomy to complete a whole working day, without the need to recharge the batteries at a charging post.
CALVERA HYDROGEN will contribute to the research and development of the hydrogen storage system for the operation equipment, by providing sufficient storage capacity for the expected autonomy, in compliance with the applicable rules, and in such a way that it can be integrated into the vehicle structure in collaboration with the rest of the consortium.
Another main objective of this project will involve the research, development and testing of a prototype portable hydrogen refuelling station, which will enable the prototype vehicle to be tested at any location. This part of the project will be carried out entirely by CALVERA HYDROGEN, as it already has prior experience of manufacturing, approving, and delivering different on site Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) not only in Spain but also in Europe and South America