Hyzon Motors unveiled innovative hydrogen storage system expected to reduce weight, manufacturing cost as well as component requirements. The brand-new system has already been installed in pilot trucks in Europe and will be produced in Hyzon’s Rochester, N.Y. facility in the USA.
The global manufacturer (read our interview with CEO Craig Kinght) stated that the new patent-pending onboard hydrogen storage system technology integrates lightweight composite materials with the system’s metal frame. It has the potential to reduce the overall weight of the system by 43 percent, storage system costs by 52 percent and the required manufacturing component count by 75 percent, based on a single-rack system with capacity to store five hydrogen cylinders.
After years of research and development alongside our partners, this new storage technology optimizes the building cost of our hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, while reducing overall weight and increasing mileage capabilitiesHyzon CEO Craig Knight
Hyzon Motors’ new hydrogen storage system: several possible configurations
In addition to reducing the weight and costs, the storage system can be configured to hold varying numbers of hydrogen tanks. The smallest version can hold five tanks, and can be extended to seven tanks because of its modular design. A separate version can hold ten tanks, appropriate for trucks driving longer distances. While these two options are mounted behind the cab, a third storage system allows for an additional two tanks to be mounted to each side of the truck, extending the vehicle’s range without diminishing the size of the trailer.
The technology will be implemented in Hyzon’s vehicles world-wide.
Technology to be deployed in Q4 2021
So far, such technology, already installed in pilot trucks in Europe, is expected to be deployed across all vehicles beginning in Q4 2021. Hyzon also expects to license this new system to other commercial vehicle companies. As a reminder, Hyzon Motors recently joined the HyTrucks program, whose target is to put 1,000 hydrogen trucks and 25 hydrogen refueling stations on European roads by 2025.