In France, transportation is the activity that generates the most greenhouse gases (GHG), ahead of agriculture, residential, tertiary and industry. In 2019, the sector represented 31% of all emissions in the country. It is road transport that is responsible for almost all (94%) of these emissions. And while it accounts for only 5% of road traffic, heavy goods vehicles (including buses and coaches) generate 22% of greenhouse gas emissions from transport. This figure, which rose by 11% between 1990 and 2019, is mainly due to the increase in road freight transport, which jumped by 56% between 1990 and 2018.
With the development of new, greener energies, such as electric, NGV and hydrogen, heavy goods transport is moving towards a more environmentally responsible model. In this context, local authorities are taking action to amplify the movement and facilitate the use of these energies at the local level.
One of the preferred ways to limit the ecological impact of trucks on our roads is to use hydrogen, which has the advantage of not releasing harmful emissions. Although the question of vehicle autonomy remains, manufacturers have made significant progress.
Air Liquide and Faurecia have announced a joint development agreement for the design and production of on-board liquid hydrogen storage systems for the automotive industry. Through this technological partnership, the two companies will accelerate the deployment of zero-emission heavy-duty mobility.
Liquid hydrogen storage for fuel cell vehicles has a key role in accelerating the transition to carbon neutrality. With this technology, the amount of hydrogen stored is twice that of gaseous hydrogen. As a result, heavy-duty vehicles running on liquid hydrogen have twice the range of those running on gaseous hydrogen, and benefit from short refueling times and an optimized payload.
The partnership will leverage the companies’ complementary expertise in their respective core businesses, which will be key to accelerating the technology’s time to market. On the one hand, Air Liquide will bring its proven expertise across the entire liquid hydrogen value chain, including extreme cryogenics, storage technology, refueling interface and infrastructure know-how. On the other hand, Faurecia will bring its expertise in systems architecture and integration, its recognized competence in automotive testing and simulation, its know-how and global automotive industrial footprint, as well as its strong intimacy with car manufacturers.
The production of fuel cell vehicles could represent 2.5 million vehicles, 20% of which could be commercial trucks. Due to heavy usage, by 2030, heavy trucks could account for nearly 60% of hydrogen consumption for mobility markets.
To support all these actions and to support companies in this change towards a more virtuous energy, SURFEO will be present at the SIFER trade show, which is the only event in France entirely dedicated to the dynamic rail supply sector, and your gateway to one of the main European markets. All the players in the sector – major contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, subcontractors, operators and public transport managers – meet and develop business opportunities. SURFEO is waiting for you to exchange on this change.