Glasgow-based energy systems research company PNDC has taken delivery of HVS’s first hydrogen medium-duty commercial vehicle prototype. PNDC will be carrying out performance testing of the chosen fuel cell as part of a £15 million grant-funded project from the UK government’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

As a consortium partner in the project, PNDC will support the development of a vehicle control system and undertake system validation utilising our Power Hardware in the Loop (PHiL) capability to expedite vehicle powertrain development and testing.

HVS hydrogen truck to be used to test electrical and thermal performances

PNDC will use the vehicle as a static testbed to evaluate and characterise the electrical and thermal performance of the onboard hydrogen fuel cell, including assessing the degradation during realistic driving scenarios based on the larger HGV design.

“We are proud to be a partner in the HVS led consortium to develop the UK’s first hydrogen fuel cell HGV. As an industry-facing innovation centre, we support ambitious companies such as HVS to accelerate technology development and decrease time to market. Our contribution to the project helps achieve that by leveraging the unique engineering expertise and open access facility at PNDC to support HVS’ engineering programme through modelling, testing and validating the performance of the vehicle power system”, said Dan Cutting, Business Development Manager at PNDC.

“HVS are proud to be working with PNDC and Strathclyde University on this project. We are thankful to the Advanced Propulsion Centre for facilitating this collaboration through the APC20 grant fund. This enables industry and academia to work together to deliver innovations to the market. Hydrogen power presents significant challenges, which we and PNDC will tackle ‘head on’ to bring our hydrogen powered trucks to market in the coming years”, added Steve Clayton, Chief Product Officer at HVS.


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