Volvo opens its hydrogen fuel cell test lab


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The Volvo Group has opened a lab dedicated to testing hydrogen fuel cells at the Volvo Construction Equipment Technical Center in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The facility will be the first in the group to test complete fuel cell units. HagelbergVolvo CE “Fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavy construction machinery, and this investment provides us with another vital tool in our work to reach science-based goals,” says Tony Hagelberg, President of Volvo Sustainable Energy. “The lab will also serve the Volvo Group at World-class, as it is the first to offer this kind of advanced testing. ”Volvo CE says it sees hydrogen fuel cell technology playing a key role in its overall goals for electric mobility, along with electric battery solutions and more sustainable diesel engine offerings. Now a compact electric excavator and wheel loader are in production.The company says hydrogen fuel cell technology is a “promising alternative” in larger construction equipment where “battery size is extremely impractical” for these machines. Development of hydrogen fuel cells is a major part of the overall electric mobility goal For Volvo to be carbon neutral by 2040. Volvo CE “Hydrogen can be produced in many different ways, and it is important to have a life-cycle approach across the entire value chain. A, “Hagelberg says. “Not only will the research and development carried out in the test lab be devoted to producing fossil-free construction solutions, but we will also look at how the hydrogen itself is produced, and strive to achieve so-called“ green ”hydrogen produced from renewable energy.” Volvo CEFuel Cells work through Combining hydrogen and oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity, as Volvo CE explains. In an emission-free process, the fuel cell functions much like a battery except that it generates its own electricity from the hydrogen on board rather than being charged from an external source. This gives it the ability to have longer driving ranges, making it more feasible for long-distance transportation and larger construction equipment, the company says, as with its electric hydrogen fuel cell machines, it will also be quieter than diesel machines.


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