Electra and Sainsbury finalize hydrogen truck trial

Electra, a maker of electric vehicles (EVs), has concluded a three-month trial with Sainsbury’s utilizing a zero-emission, 19-tonne, refrigerated hydrogen-powered truck to transport food.

When compared to a diesel truck making the same trip, the Electra eCargo FCEV saved an average of 314 kg of CO2 per day on its daily 208-mile voyage from the supermarket’s depot in Sherburn-on-Elmet to Newcastle and back.

The trial’s data also revealed that the HGV consumed about 65% of its hydrogen capacity per journey, giving it a roughly 320-mile operable daily range on a single tank of hydrogen.

As part of the government-funded Road to Hydrogen project, which examines the possibility of establishing a Multi-Model Transport Hydrogen Hub on Teesside, Electra and Sainsbury’s performed the testing in the Tees Valley region.

Element 2, a UK-based developer of hydrogen refueling stations with venture capital backing, provided the hydrogen for the study.

UK and UAE partner on renewable energy, including hydrogen

The UK and the UAE have decided to collaborate on energy security and increase investment in renewable energy.

A Clean Energy Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and the UK Business and Energy Secretary with the intention of encouraging “substantial investment” in UK businesses and the growth of the energy sector.

The pledge to collaborate on hydrogen technologies is a part of the agreement.

A few hours prior to the announcement, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company’s CEO and the UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology were named as the COP28 President.

Hopium could reduce its payroll

Hopium discloses a probable payroll cut as part of the creation of its new roadmap.

To continue working on its hydrogen car research, the startup is looking for more capital.

The French start-up Hopium, which creates high-end hydrogen cars and aims to begin mass production in 2025, might have to clip its own wings while in full flight. The business declares that it is reviewing “its finance and cost structure, which could lead to a reduction in the payroll following a major period of recruitment that made it feasible to strengthen R&D efforts.”

Tevva working on fuel cells for electric truck

Tevva has a battery-only vehicle on the market right now, but it plans to release a battery-electric truck with a fuel cell range extender in the future. Tevva unveiled a 19-ton electric hydrogen fuel cell truck last fall.

The battery-powered truck with fuel cells hasn’t yet shown, but if all goes as planned, it should do so shortly. The initial launch will be a 7.5 tonne all-battery electric vehicle. The business said last week that it has been granted European Community Whole Vehicle Type Approval. The Swedish Transport Agency has also granted the truck its approval.

For safety and other systems, including conformance with the most recent electromagnetic standards, the process involved 30 distinct tests.

The battery-only truck from Tevva has a range of up to 227 kilometers (140 miles) on a single charge, making it ideal for urban use and other short-distance deliveries. The business projects a range of up to 570 kilometers with the new fuel cell range extender.

Sarawak’s hydrogen-driven economy goal achievable

As the demand for the clean energy source is expected to increase over the next five to ten years, Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is optimistic that Sarawak’s goal of creating a hydrogen-driven economy is achievable.

He claimed that Sarawak, with its plentiful renewable energy resources, would profit from its forays into hydrogen technology, particularly as the price of producing hydrogen decreases.

“The process (of creating hydrogen) is now rather expensive, but there is a chance that the price will decrease with increased electrolyser production, for example.

With current research and development (R&D) efforts, the electrolyser process may be more cost-effective and this system will convert water into hydrogen. “There is a possibility that electrolysers will employ the same approach,” he said.

He emphasized that researchers are already looking at mass producing electrolysers, which would result in economies of scale.

€10 million from Ademe for Zero Emission Valley project

The Ademe budget must be used to create a stop in Clermont for future hydrogen trains, and to procure adapted cars.

The Region has received a ten million euro budget from Ademe to continue the Zero Emission Valley project and advance hydrogen mobility. This envelope, which is intended for heavy mobility, will be used in particular to build a hydrogen station at the Clermont station, which will fuel the three trains that must operate between Clermont and Lyon in 2025.

This budgetary allocation must also cover the cost of 50 modified coaches with new heat engines that will be used for transportation across the Region in the upcoming years. In Haute-Savoie, the first of them—designed by the Auvergne business GCK—is currently undergoing testing.

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