The call is included in the research and innovation actions (H2020-JTI-FCH-2020) of the H2020 programme.
Fuel cell powered heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) hold great promise for deployment at global scale. However, for HDVs, and more specifically trucks, we face new challenges compared to Light Duty Vehicles (LDVs), especially with respect to durability and robustness. While 6,000 h lifetime is sufficient for LDVs, heavy-duty trucks will require at least five times longer. Therefore, core stack components particularly Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs) need to be specifically developed in line with the specific heavy-duty truck requirements, while complying with prevailing cost targets. This improvement of the components is an essential step in order to confirm performance and durability for any full-scale stack and system design.
The global scope is to enable in the short-term (<5 years) the deployment of competitive HD trucks based on EU fuel cell technology. The main objectives will be firstly, to clarify the durability and degradation issues of heavy duty stack components for SoA technologies (to ensure that studies are based on the most relevant up-to-date parameters, components and operating conditions for the selected applications) and, secondly, to propose and validate more durable stacks based on re-designed MEAs.
24 April 2020