Market applications

Heavy-duty

The methanol fuel cell system provides green heavy-duty transport with a long range

Green transportation

An alternative road for decarbonisation

Electrification of road transport is gaining momentum, as a solution for long-term decarbonisation of the global transportation sector is necessary for the combat against climate changes.

For most heavy-duty freight transport, direct electrification with batteries is challenging given the energy storage requirements for long-range operations carrying heavy payloads. An alternative road for decarbonisation of heavy-duty freight transport is through indirect electrification with renewable liquid electro-fuels in combination with fuel cell technology providing the same flexibility for a continuous operation as with conventional fossil fuels.

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Long distance

The methanol fuel cell enables lorries to drive geen, carry heavy payloads, and long distance through indirect electrification.

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A greener world

The methanol fuel cell technology will help to decarbonise the transportation industry which is one of the world's largest polluters.

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zero harmful emissions

The methanol fuel cell systems are powered by pure methanol and provides zero particle emissions. When using renewable methanol it provides an overall net-zero carbon emission.

A cost-effective and flexible transition

The methanol fuel cell technology is a perfect match with heavy-duty applications.

Liquid fuels, such as methanol produced from renewable electricity, are highly compatible with existing distribution and refuelling technologies enabling a cost-effective, safe, and flexible transition from fossil-based fuels to renewable and CO2-neutral fuels.

Fuel cells are a prominent technology for indirect electrification through renewably produced methanol to overcome the inherent disadvantages of batteries in heavy-duty applications.

Benefits for the market

Based on a strong technology platform, the Blue World Technologies methanol fuel cell system provides numerous benefits for a wide range of applications within the heavy-duty segment.

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Green fuel

Blue World Technologies' methanol fuel cell system ensures zero particle emissions and a low overall well-to-wheel CO2 emission level. When the system is powered by renewable methanol it provides a net-zero carbon emission.

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Long range

The methanol fuel cell provides a cost-efficient and long-range operation, thereby, providing a convenient alternative when it is not feasible to use battery electrification.

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Fast refueling

Due to the use of liquid methanol as fuel powering the fuel cells, the system can be fueled within minutes. Also, methanol can be integrated into the existing infrastructure enabling a convenient fueling experience and a continuous operation.

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Easy integration

The methanol fuel cell system from Blue World Technologies is form-flexible proving the customer a system that can easily be integrated into existing platforms.

Green transition

No need to compromise the capacity

Switching from fossil fuels to a purely electric solution is key to future urban logistics. The power and efficiency of the methanol fuel cell allow even trucks to go electric, while the added range makes it profitable and with no need to compromise on the capacity.

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A compact and lightweight drive train

Rather than taking up the transport capacity with heavy battery packs or a pressurised tank system for storing hydrogen, the methanol fuel cell combines a small battery pack with a conventional fuel tank for liquid methanol, providing a compact and lightweight drivetrain.

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Electricity and long range

With the ability to provide fast refueling and a flexible and continuous long-range operation, going electric no longer has to result in downtime for charging or the need for differentiated vehicle specifications within the fleet.

A strong market and technology match

A methanol fuel cell drivetrain is equipped with an onboard reformer converting the liquid methanol into a hydrogen-rich gas. The fuel cell converts the reformate gas into electricity powering the electric motors. The combination of onboard reforming and high-temperature PEM fuel cells create a thermal symbiosis offering high electrical efficiency while eliminating NOx, SOx, and particle emissions. Methanol from biomass and renewable origin also eliminate CO2 emissions from a well-to-wheel perspective and truly enables CO2-neutral mobility.

Methanol is a high-density energy carrier that is liquid at atmospheric pressure making it simple and cost-effective to refuel and store in large volumes onboard heavy-duty vehicles. Providing high vehicle availability, long driving range, and superior drivetrain energy density methanol is comparable with diesel engine heavy-duty trucks and it exceeds beyond batteries and other renewable energy carriers. A high drivetrain energy density enables equivalent payload as today’s fossil fueled trucks is an essential element for transportation companies. Compared to hydrogen-powered fuel cells, a methanol fuel cell system eliminates some of the difficult challenges linked to handling and distribution, infrastructure investments, and low volumetric energy density.

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