Saturday 16th Dec 2017 - Logistics Manager

Linde trials fuel cell truck

In January Linde delivered two fuel-cell trucks to the Linde Gases Division. Both fuel-cell trucks are based on the 3-tonne electric counterbalanced truck, the Linde E30. In place of the usual 80-volt battery, the trucks have a fuel cell and a tank, which stores 1.6 kilograms of hydrogen gas at 350 bar. The electricity generated from the hydrogen supplies the electric motors that drive the truck. Alongside this are so-called supercaps, large condensers, which act as a buffer and cover performance peaks, such as pulling away or lifting, for example. Linde says that when it comes to performance data, the trucks are not different to the equivalent battery-powered model in the range and they are tailored specially to Linde Gas’ customer requirements.