Hexagon Composites’ subsidiary xperion Energy & Environment has been nominated to supply high-pressure cylinders for hydrogen (H2) powered trucks owned and operated by ASKO, Norway’s largest grocery wholesaler.

Hexagon received the order from Hydrogenics Corporation, a leading developer and manufacturer of H2-generation and H2-based power modules. The cylinders will be integrated into its fuel cell systems for four Scania H2-powered trucks for ASKO.

Roger Sæther, Project Manager Mid Norway at ASKO, said, “Being a pioneer in this growth market and taking shared responsibility with Scania, ASKO clearly sees the advantage of working with a Scandinavian supply chain.” He continued, “We see this as a first step towards a large-scale H2-powered truck fleet. We wouldn’t have started this journey if we didn’t have a strong belief in this future-orientated solution.”

Michael Kleschinski, Executive Vice-President of Hexagon Composites’ High-Pressure Area, commented, “This order is a great example of utilising Hexagon’s know-how and capacities in H2 technology, using existing cylinders and extending these to heavy-duty truck system applications. By utilising the available storage room in a truck, we have designed a storage system that maximises the on-board H2 capacity.”

Jørn Helge Dahl, Director Market and Sales Hydrogen at Hexagon Raufoss, said, “We are very pleased to be working together with Hydrogenics and ASKO on this project.” He added, “During the process, we have collaborated closely with ASKO to design the best possible solution for the Norwegian grocery distribution industry. With this order, we are opening up a new and exciting market space for our products and are further confirming our commitment to a near zero-emission society.”

The first deliveries are scheduled for the second half of 2017. The first H2-powered trucks are expected to be operational by ASKO towards the end of 2018.

CNG high-pressure composite cylinders

CNG high-pressure composite cylinders

Source: Hexagon Composites