StasHH mission: European consortium to standardise fuel cell modules

Group of 25 leading firms in hydrogen sector come together to define, develop and test first European standard for fuel cell modules for heavy duty applications

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Solaris Urbino 15 LE electricStasHH is the name of a new consortium of 25 leading firms in hydrogen sector that are coming together for a mission.

Their combined goal is to define, develop and test first European standard for fuel cell modules for heavy duty applications.

The consortium comprises of 11 fuel cell module suppliers, 9 original equipment manufacturers and 5 research, test, engineering and/or knowledge institutes.

They will standardise flow, physical dimensions and digital interfaces, test safety requirements and protocols of the fuel cell modules that can be stacked and integrated in heavy duty applications like buses, trucks, forklifts, trains, ships, and construction equipment.

Through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, the consortium receives 7.5 M€ funding from the European Union in order to kickstart the adoption of fuel cells in the heavy duty sector. The total budget is 15.2 M€.

According to Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) said: “We are proud to support this strategically important project as a main step towards the decarbonisation of the transport sector.”

He added: “The project outcomes of StasHH will not only stimulate greater competition among fuel cell suppliers, but will also enrich the offer and make it easier to integrate fuel cells systems in heavy-duty powertrains. With its specific focus on the heavy-truck sector, this project will play an essential role in reaching the common target of 100.000 trucks by 2030 set in the joint coalition statement of industry representatives last December.”

Heavy-duty mobility

Federico Zenith, coordinator of the StasHH consortium, stated that StasHH is Europe’s best chance to jump-start the adoption of hydrogen in heavy-duty mobility, a sector that cannot be easily electrified with batteries due to weight, cost or other limitations.

He further stated that pooling together multiple markets and enabling competition, mass production and automation, we aim to make a decisive contribution to the phase-out of fossil fuels and to deploy new technology for a better society.

The twenty five organisations that are part of the StasHH consortium are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Alstom Transport SA, AVL List GmbH, Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, Centro per gli Studi di Tecnica Navale CETENA S.p.A., Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives, DAMEN, ElringKlinger Fuelcell Systems Austria GmbH, FCP Fuel Cell Powertrain GmbH, FEV Europe GmbH (supported by FEV Software and Testing Solutions GmbH), Freudenberg FST GmbH, Future Proof Shipping BV, Hydrogenics GmbH (Hydrogenics GmbH is now part of Cummins), Intelligent Energy Limited, Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology BV, Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Nuvera Fuel Cells Europe, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, SINTEF AS, Solaris Bus & Coach sp. z o.o., Symbio SAS, Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA, VDL Enabling Transport Solutions BV, VDL Energy Systems, Volvo Construction Equipment (supported by Volvo Technology and Volvo Penta), WaterstofNet vzw.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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