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Hydrogen delivery with high capacity compressed gas trailer


Projects should focus on industry agreement on standard equipment (connections, pipe-diameters, etc.) and procedures for loading and off-loading trucks and aim at bringing standardised high-pressure (≥450bar) hydrogen trailer delivery from TRL level 3 to TRL level 7. Projects should start with a review of the public conclusions of the DeliverHy project. The project should include:

  • Building of a consortium with sufficient critical mass to enable standardisation of equipment and procedures to load and unload high pressure gas trucks
    • Stakeholders include hydrogen suppliers, hydrogen retailers and standardisation/regulation bodies. These are encouraged to participate in the project, but could also participate in other forms for example as advisors or steering committee members
  • Define standard equipment and procedures for the interfaces between the high pressure truck and the truck filling station and the high pressure truck and the hydrog

    Current industry practice for the distribution of gaseous hydrogen from central production plants is by means of trailers equipped with approximately 200 bar compressed gas storage cylinders. The maximum effective payload of these trailers is around 400 kg.

    The FCH 2 JU aims to fund development and demonstration projects to increase the payload to 1000 kg, while keeping cost and unloading time acceptable. The aim is to reduce distribution cost, reduce the number of distribution trucks on the road and minimize the impact of delivery at hydrogen retail stations, thus enabling road transport of hydrogen on a larger scale than is currently possible.

    The recently completed DeliverHy project concluded that the MAWP target for high pressure trucks (1000kg capacity at investment cost of 450 €/kg in 2023) is feasible. Further conclusions were that improvements are needed for filling the truck and for emptying it at the hydrogen retail station; as well as to standards (EN/ISO on cylinder design) and re

    • Industry agreement on the interfaces between high pressure hydrogen trucks and truck filling points as well as hydrogen refuelling stations regarding equipment and procedures has been obtained and published
    • The agreed interface equipment and procedures have been demonstrated at relevant scale and in a relevant operating environment and results have been published
    • The process to amend EU legislation to allow high pressure hydrogen trucks on the road has been initiated and a pathway to certification of high-pressure, high-capacity trucks is visible
    • The feasibility of the 2023 cost (≤450€/kg) and capacity (≥1000kg) targets have been validated or changes have been proposed based on adequate reasoning.
    • Offloading time has been optimised within safety constraints to allow as fast as possible offloading at the filling station. A minimum target is ≤60min for 200 kg, but consortia are expected to aim for quicker offloading.