The methanol fuel cell system provides green heavy-duty transport with a long range
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.
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.
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 allows even trucks to go electric, while the added range makes it profitable and with no need to compromise on the capacity.
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 creates a thermal symbiosis offering high electrical efficiency while eliminating NOx, SOx and particle emissions. Methanol from biomass and renewable origin also eliminates CO2 emissions from a well-to-wheel perspective and truly enables CO2-neutral mobility.
Methanol is a high-density energy carrier which 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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