Go-ahead for CryoTRUCK

Hydrogen truck powered by cryogas

2. Februar 2022, 14:00 Uhr | Irina Hübner
Das CryoTRUCK-Projekt hat im Januar begonnen.
The CryoTRUCK consortium has received confirmation of the Federal Ministry of Transport's intention to fund the project, which will start at the beginning of 2022.
© CryoTRUCK-Konsortium

The CryoTRUCK consortium is starting to develop a long-range hydrogen-based truck powered by cryogas. This should enable a range of 1000 km for FC trucks.

Together with partners, the listed company Clean Logistics is starting the development and testing of trucks with cryogas hydrogen tanks and refueling systems for fuel cell trucks in long-distance transport. Clean Logistics is responsible for integrating the refueling systems and developing the hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

The cryogas onboard storage system and an energy-efficient rapid refueling system for cryogenic compressed hydrogen gas are expected to enable a range of 1000 km for hydrogen trucks and a refueling time of 10 minutes. By 2025, a first cryogas hydrogen tank with 80 kg hydrogen storage capacity, corresponding to an energy content of more than 2600 kWh, is to be tested in two truck models that differ in design and drive system. The technological integration and the construction of a prototype will take place at Clean Logistics' production facilities in Winsen (Luhe). Refueling will take place at an initial test filling station using a newly developed cryogas refueling system.

The CryoTRUCK consortium brings together leading hydrogen tank and refueling, testing and commercial vehicle expertise. Hydrogen mobility startup Cryomotive provides development and manufacturing expertise on cryogenic hydrogen fueling and refueling technology in the project. Leading commercial vehicle manufacturer MAN Truck & Bus and fast-growing fuel cell truck and bus converter Clean Logistics, which is converting existing trucks from diesel to hydrogen power, are contributing integration and testing expertise for the truck test vehicles. IABG has the necessary expertise for testing the tank and refueling technology. The three chairs of the Technical University of Munich support with know-how in the areas of modeling and simulation, concept development, carbon fiber composite and manufacturing technology, and metal forming technology.

Cryogas is an extremely cold pressurized gas produced from liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Compared to trucks with conventional 700-bar high-pressure gas storage, cryogas tanks have a roughly 40 percent higher storage density and corresponding range advantages, which are particularly beneficial in heavy-duty transport. Cryogas technology can build on existing gaseous hydrogen infrastructure as well as leverage emerging liquid hydrogen infrastructure.

»We are very pleased to equip one of our hydrogen tractors with this latest technology in the future. The collaboration with our partners holds the opportunity to revolutionize heavy-duty transportation in the coming years thanks to cryogas technology,« emphasizes Dirk Graszt, CEO of Clean Logistics. »The fact that Clean Logistics has been commissioned with the development and construction of the prototype underpins our high level of expertise in the field of hydrogen trucks. Once again, we prove that our hydrogen-based modular conversion systems for tractor units from the existing vehicle fleet are suitable for all emission-free drive types.«

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