Linde, Daimler collaborate on hydrogen refueling technology

Dec. 21, 2020
Companies seek to jointly advance CO2-neutral fuel with greater range, faster refueling, superior energy efficiency

Linde recently signed an agreement with Daimler Truck AG to jointly develop the next generation of hydrogen refueling technology for fuel cell-powered heavy-duty vehicles.

Together, the companies say they’ll develop fueling technology based on subcooled liquid hydrogen (sLH2), which allows for higher on-board capacity, greater range, faster refueling and superior energy efficiency. The new fueling process will be implemented in the series version of the Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck, which was unveiled in September as a concept vehicle, and will have a range of more than 1,000 kilometers.

The companies plan for the first refueling of a prototype vehicle at a pilot station to take place in Germany in 2023.

“We at Daimler Truck AG are pursuing the vision of the CO2-neutral transportation of the future,” said Sven Ennerst, member of the board of management of Daimler Truck AG for development, procurement and the China region. “The hydrogen-based fuel cell is a key technology of strategic importance in this context. With our collaboration with Linde as an expert in hydrogen refueling technology, we want to increase the viability and acceptance in the industry of fuel cell trucks on the basis of hydrogen. The new process can further enhance the numerous advantages that liquid hydrogen offers.”

Linde is a global leader in the production, processing, storage and distribution of hydrogen. It has the largest liquid hydrogen capacity and distribution system in the world. The company also operates the world’s first high-purity hydrogen storage cavern, coupled with a pipeline network of approximately 1,000 kilometers to supply customers.

“As a pioneer in hydrogen refueling technologies, and one of the largest players in the hydrogen market, we are pleased to contribute to the advancement of the hydrogen economy with this important milestone,” said David Burns, head of clean hydrogen at Linde. “Together with Daimler Truck AG, the industry leader in commercial vehicles, we expect the use of hydrogen-powered, heavy-duty trucks to be a reality in the very near future.”