Fuel Cell & Hydrogen; A Compelling Value Proposition For Zero Emission Heavy Duty Transportation
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA
Room details: TBA
Many cities and bus and truck operators are struggling today with the currently conflicting objectives of shifting to zero emission vehicles while keeping operational flexibility and maintaining budgets under control.
We will look at the current market drivers; regulations as well as incentives which are driving the electrification of heavy duty transportation.
With the rapid progresses of battery technology and cost reduction of electric drive train; electric buses and trucks are starting to be deployed in our cities. However there are unique challenges with heavy duty transportation that battery alone might not be able to solve; range (over 200 miles), vehicle weight versus payload, refuelling time versus vehicle utilization as well as charging infrastructure scalability and cost.
The hybridization of fuel cell power modules and batteries may solve those problems and provide fleet operators with zero-emission vehicles which will meet their operational requirements. Hydrogen fuel cell technology has come a long way from the early days. This proven technology is now hitting the road and delivers new opportunities for mass transit including rail and freight applications.
The combination of battery with on-board fuel cell power generator offer many advantages to bus and truck fleet operators including longer autonomy; route flexibility and much faster refuelling while providing all the advantages of electric vehicles (reduce GHG, improve urban air quality, low noise and comfort of driving)
Fuel cell electric bus technology is maturing rapidly while moving in-step along a descending cost curve. There will be over 1,000 fuel cell buses on the road in the next 18 months with a very strong demand from China. We will highlight the value proposition of fuel cell electric buses through the case studies of Transport for London(UK).
The technology has accumulated significant operational, reliability, and durability data through, commercial operation in transit fleets. We will review recent operational performance data from fleet operation in Europe and USA and will provide reliability data and comparison against targets set-up by government agencies.
We will finally look at the refuelling challenges; deployment of large fleets of electric buses and trucks will create challenges for the electric grid infrastructure as well as for the operators. How to recharge many very large batteries in a short time in one location? Hydrogen as a gaseous fuel (like CNG) can be produced from excess renewable energy and provide scalable infrastructure for large scale fleet depot to refill a bus or a truck in less than 10 minutes.
Battery-fuel cell hybrid powertrain and hydrogen fuel offer an alternative solution for truck and bus operators to move towards zero-emission fleets without operation compromise