Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering have teamed up to create a new way of handling subcooled liquid hydrogen known as sLH2. This method has several advantages over gaseous hydrogen, including higher storage density, longer range, faster refueling, lower costs, and greater energy efficiency. The technology is now available at a recently opened station in Wörth am Rhein, Germany. It takes approximately ten to fifteen minutes for a 40-ton heavy-duty truck to refuel with 80 kg of liquid hydrogen for a range of 1,000 kilometers or more.
Jürgen Nowicki, Executive Vice President of Linde plc and CEO of Linde Engineering, stated that the technology developed with Daimler Truck will help pave the way for the development of a robust refueling network that is necessary to keep vehicles moving and supply chains intact. He added that this new technology lowers the required investment for a hydrogen refueling station by two to three times and reduces operational costs by five to six times compared to traditional methods.
Daimler Truck and Linde Engineering aim to make sLH2 the leading hydrogen refueling technology for heavy-duty trucks. The technology has been standardized in an open ISO process and is available to all interested parties. Andreas Gorbach, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG responsible for Truck Technology, encouraged other OEMs and infrastructure companies to follow their approach and make this technology an industry standard. With this new approach, heavy-duty trucks can become a practical CO2-neutral alternative in the transportation sector.