Owned 60% by Volvo Technology (Vtec) and 40% by Statoil, the generators developed by the new Powercell venture will provide the power that’s normally supplied when trucks run idle. It will be powered by hydrogen produced from the diesel oil already carried by the vehicle.
Running idle is particularly common in
Powercell believes that a fuel cell unit installed in a truck could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of the truck by 20-30 tonnes per annum.
If the whole of
In the future, Powercell may look to deploy the fuel cell generator sets on boats, aircraft and other mobile units which also need a compact, environmentally-friendly and efficient power supply.