Hydrogen fuel cell developer leads the charge on alternative fuel technologies

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Luxfer Gas Cylinders is reflecting on six months of alternative fuel successes, which began by supplying its hydrogen fuel system to the UK’s first mass-produced hydrogen-electric truck, in partnership with Tevva Hydrogen Electric Trucks.

The 7.5 tonne HGV is the first hydrogen fuel cell-supported truck to be manufactured, designed and mass-produced in the UK.

Manufacturer Tevva adapted its battery-electric HGV design, with support from Luxfer, to accommodate a hydrogen fuel cell system that tops up the battery and extends the range of the truck to 310 miles (500km).

Luxfer also played an essential role in bringing a hydrogen-electric minibus to market in spring. The most fuel efficient and quickest to refuel vehicle of its kind in the world, the eight-meter, 21-passenger H2Bus produced by Slovakian innovators Mobility & Innovation, features a complete alternative fuel system designed and supplied by Luxfer.

Containing four of the company’s G-Stor H2 cylinders alongside valves and regulators, the system was provided in a ‘ready to assemble’ kit.  Requiring just 10.5 kilograms of hydrogen to achieve more than 400 kilometers of range, the H2Bus contains a hydrogen fuel cell system and electric motor.

In recognition of its achievements, Luxfer was named a finalist in two prestigious awards – the World Hydrogen 2022 Awards, organized by the Sustainable Energy Council (SEC) and The Energy Awards in the Physical Technology of the Year: Oil, Gas and Fuel Cell category. It is also a finalist in the International Trade category of the East Midlands Business Masters Awards, with winners due to be announced in October 2022.

Mark Lawday, vice president and general manager of Luxfer Europe, spoke of 2022 being “a rewarding year” and that he looks forward to “sharing our insights on innovations coming to market that we’re proud to be a part of.”

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