November 9, 2021 – In June this year, CMB.TECH presented its multimodal hydrogen filling station in Antwerp and the international hydrogen solutions developer also introduced its hydrogen truck prototype. Thanks to the dual-fuel technology, the truck has several advantages over other hydrogen trucks. The truck has a longer range, is cheaper in purchase value and has no loss of loading space in the trailer.
From November, the truck will join the transport fleet of Van Moer Logistics, the Antwerp logistics service provider with a total fleet of 500 trucks.
CMB.TECH is pleased that they found a suitable party to test the hydrogen truck for the first time in Europe. “We were looking for a reliable and stable partner who was willing to go through the test phase of our hydrogen truck with us,” said Alexander Saverys, CEO CMB.TECH. “Van Moer Logistics shares our vision to reduce emissions from the transport industry with financially feasible and reliable technologies. Testing this first CMB.TECH hydrogen truck is a first step towards a rapid scale-up and roll-out of more similar trucks on European roads in 2022.”
“The dual-fuel hydrogen truck will be used for the first time for transport between the Delhaize distribution center in Zellik and our supermarkets in the Antwerp region. We are therefore proud that we can work together with two strong Belgian companies such as Van Moer Logistics and CMB.TECH on more sustainable transport. Only together can we build a sustainable future for future generations,” said Dieter De Waegeneer, Delhaize's Executive Vice President Operations.
How does it work?
The dual-fuel hydrogen truck can mix hydrogen as fuel in its converted diesel engine in order to consume less diesel and produce less CO2. If necessary, the engine can also operate entirely on diesel. In addition to the CO2, is also the NOx is reduced emissions, to -70%, but in view of the very ecological treatment in the new diesel engines, this also results in a reduction of AdBlue consumption. The existing diesel engine and drive to use, we can reduce the capital cost of the truck to 1/3 e of a zero-emission alternative.
With a full tank of hydrogen, the truck has a range of 500 km and, if necessary, the truck can drive another 3000 km on diesel.
Jo Van Moer, founder and CEO of Van Moer Logistics: "The dual-fuel functionality makes this truck so interesting; the goal is to drive 100% on hydrogen, but in daily life on the road, you must consider unpredictable factors such as traffic jams and waiting hours. Thanks to the diesel reserve we don't have to worry about the truck running out of fuel in the middle of its journey. By applying this technology to the new trucks, we buy today, we can continue to operate in the usual way, but enable the scale-up of hydrogen refueling stations and the associated infrastructure."
After the 12-month test phase, it will be examined how the technology developed by CMB.TECH can be further rolled out in Van Moer Logistics' 500-piece truck fleet.