The Linde Group has announced it will support this years’ Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) once again, by supplying participating fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) with hydrogen (H2) exclusively.

The 2016 competition, which challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car, marks the The Tier One player’s sixth consecutive participation in the event series.

We are convinced that H2 as an energy carrier has the potential to fundamentally secure our future energy supply and make it more environmentally friendly

Linde will manage the H2 logistics and provide technical support and advice to the teams who will use H2 fuel cells for their competition vehicles, as well as showcase some of its own developments in zero-emission H2 mobility.

It is understood that Linde will be the sole H2 supplier for the event and will deliver ready-to-install cylinders free of charge to the fuel cell teams.

Markus Bachmeier, Head of Hydrogen Solutions at Linde, outlined, “We are convinced that H2 as an energy carrier has the potential to fundamentally secure our future energy supply and make it more environmentally friendly. We look forward to meeting these highly qualified students from around the world who share our vision to offer them our technical assistance and to exchange ideas.”

Showcasing facilities

At the London event Linde will showcase its H2-powered e-bike, which utilises a fuel cell instead of a battery and can support assisted pedalling over a range of 100km with only 34g of H2 onboard. It will also display its mobile ‘traiLH2TM-gas’ refuelling unit – a compact version of compression technology on a 14m trailer which allows H2 supply remotely where a stationary infrastructure is lacking.

Linde hydrogen h2 bike

Linde’s hydrogen-powered e-bike

The aim of the game is to see which team can go the farthest distance on the least amount of fuel, with SEM being held thrice annually in different venues throughout Asia, Europe and the US. Currently, 53 teams have registered in the fuel cell category at this years’ event.

The industrial gas giant has been co-operating with oil and gas company Shell to establish a H2 refuelling structure, with joint projects including Shell’s first station in Germany. It has the capacity to fill up to 250 FCVs each day and is considered to be one of the most productive stations worldwide.

So far, Linde has equipped over 100 fuelling stations in 15 countries with its H2 refuelling technology.