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TECO2030 and AVL reach agreement to collaborate more closely

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TECO2030 and AVL List GmbH have signed a collaboration agreement for the deployment of TECO2030’s fuel cell stacks in AVL’s DemoTruck, which is powered by the HyTruck Fuel Cell System.

The DemoTruck project is now in the process of creating a prototype class 8 / 40-ton truck with exceptional power density capabilities and a perfect form factor for the integration of over 300kW net fuel cell units onto regular truck chassis. Midway through 2023, the DemoTruck prototype will be fueled by fuel cell stacks supplied by TECO2030.

HyTruck (in support of AVL’s DemoTruck) is an Austrian government-funded project with the goal of developing, building, calibrating, and validating a heavy-duty fuel cell system that meets the criteria of commercial vehicles in terms of power, efficiency, dependability, and lifetime. AVL, DB Schenker, Hydrogen Europe, EI-JKU, EMT, EVN AG, FEN, FPT, HyCentA, PBX, Rosenbauer, Technical University of Vienna, VKM, and WIVA are among the project’s competent partners. The project will last for 36 months, with the concept for the fuel cell system available by the end of 2019. AVL will coordinate the project and design the technical concept for the fuel cell powertrain, which will include cooling, operating strategy, packaging, and fuel cell system development.

“We are excited to team up with AVL again in a new project where our fuel cell stacks will be validated in a class leading heavy duty truck application as early as mid-2023! This opportunity positions TECO2030s Gigafactory in Narvik as strong contender for the upcoming upfitter market for trucks way before the promised market entry of the OEM’s by 2030” said Tore Enger, Group CEO at TECO 2030. “This new venture will ensure additional revenue streams for our fuel cell stack production,” Enger adds.

“I am really excited to see the TECO2030 stacks perform in an additional heavy-duty application other than marine. With the carbon plate stack design, we laid the foundation for pretty much everything heavy duty and it is absolutely key to find these common denominators across industries” said Falko Berg, Manager PEM Systems at AVL List Gmbh. “This is the only viable way to make sure that our customers like TECO2030 succeed and are able to utilize their upcoming Narvik plant for additional needs besides their main business. Customers looking for off-the-shelf solutions will be very happy to see that a this world class facility can support their heavy-duty product in a timely manner,” Berg adds.

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