Air Liquide has been selected by Daimler Truck AG to supply liquid hydrogen and an enhanced mobile refueling system to refuel prototype fuel-cell trucks.
Based on an existing technology, this enhanced mobile refueling system developed by Air Liquide will refill heavy-duty prototype trucks powered by liquid hydrogen. As the energy density of liquid hydrogen is higher than that of gaseous hydrogen, its use could double range and capabilities for heavy-duty long-haul trucks (between 1.7 and 2.5 times more than 700 and 350 bar).
This service will be deployed directly on the Daimler Truck testing sites, while the liquid hydrogen is produced by Air Liquide in one of the few European liquefaction plants.
By supplying Daimler Truck, Air Liquide is supporting the decarbonization of heavy-duty road transport over long distances, for which liquid hydrogen is a particularly suitable solution. This engagement illustrates Air Liquide's ability to support its customers by offering innovative solutions for a more sustainable world.
In parallel with this project, Air Liquide will support the development of a new open and global liquid hydrogen refueling standard together in a large industry working group (sLH2 “subcooled“ liquid hydrogen).
With its long-standing cryogenic experience and more than 50 years of experience in hydrogen, the Group has developed a unique expertise and masters the entire supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of end-user applications, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier.
Air Liquide’s commitment to hydrogen energy
In the past 50 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution and the development of applications for end users, thus contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. Air Liquide has designed and installed more than 120 stations around the world to date. Hydrogen is an alternative to meet the challenge of clean transportation and thus contributes to the improvement of air quality. Used in a fuel cell, hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to produce electricity, emitting only water. It does not generate any pollution at the point of use: zero greenhouse gases, zero particles and zero noise. Hydrogen provides a concrete response to the challenges posed by sustainable mobility and local pollution in urban areas.