Development milestone for liquid hydrogen fuelling – and MannTek provides the solution

Daimler Truck – one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers – is targeting a 1 000 km range for their GenH2 Truck. But everything starts with the coupling that fills the truck – and this solution is provided by MannTek.

– Together with our partners we have shown that liquid hydrogen fuelling is an option for the future on the way to carbon neutrality, says Gerhard Kopplin, Technical Director at MannTek.

Recently, Daimler Truck celebrated the first successful liquid hydrogen (LH2) refuelling of a truck, an operation they describe as a “development milestone”. They are now putting another prototype into operation to further test the use of liquid hydrogen, and the development objective this time is a range of up to 1 000 kilometres for the series ready GenH2 Truck. That would make the truck suitable for heavy-duty long-haul transport; the next milestone on the road to sustainable transportation with hydrogen-based drives.

– To be chosen as a development partner in this future technology makes us a little proud, Gerhard Kopplin says.

Approved by TÜV

– The comprehensive test program last year, partially already with liquid hydrogen, has shown the suitability of our coupling design concept, Gerhard Kopplin explains. And now,

as an independent third-party inspection, TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) has finally approved the coupling for the field tests, based on European Guidelines for hydrogen-powered motor vehicles.

– The first refuelling of the prototype truck in June this year was a highlight and a satisfying moment for us at MannTek too, he continues. To reach the ambitious climate protection targets we need all these options, from electrical concepts over synthetic fuels to compressed and finally liquid hydrogen.

A big step forward

Each of these concepts has specific challenges which need to be solved, but there will be enough applications for all of them.

– For the use of liquid hydrogen we made a big step forward, Gerhard Kopplin says. MannTek is already closing an important gap in the distribution chain of liquid hydrogen and we will continue making our contribution.

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