Moderated by a jury from Linde Gas, IAHE, CDTP

Team Ulm: Leena Odeh, Alec Laws, Daniele Gatti, Ha-gyeong Baek, Mervyn Soans, Micah Kassner, Orhan Deniz Kalkan, Yu-an Chen, Yujia Liu, Srivatsan Ramasubramanian - meet and assist

Team UTEC: Mauricio Gomez, Elena Ezquerra Silva, Luis Sialer Filinich - meet and assist

In the second 'online' round these submitters were expected to defend and enrich their ideas with your help,

THIS WAS OUR CHALLENGE: How to boost trucks on hydrogen

Design a technical concept and devise a credible scenario to give hydrogen-fuelled road transport a substantial boost.

Deadline (round 2): Oktober 16, 2018
Stakeholders: Nationaal Waterstof Platform, Linde Gas Benelux, IAHE
Reward: € 750,- for the two finalists and € 2500,- extra for the winner

Both finalists received their own platform, where they could answer both your and the jury's questions, invite new audiences to get involved, and motivate them to help strengthen their proposals.

SPECIFICATION OF THE CHALLENGE:

While battery electric trucks can operate efficiently in urban areas, hydrogen technology has a key role to play in zero-emission logistics over longer distances. Heavy-duty vehicles with a fuel cell range extender - while not yet commercially available in het EU - have huge potential.

Using hydrogen as fuel can make a major contribution towards lower CO2 emissions by the international road transport, certainly when hydrogen will be produced sustainably in the future by windmills or solar panels. It is therefore called “green hydrogen”. TU Delft has been conducting research in this form of energy storage for years.

“Grey hydrogen” might offer a solution already at this stage. This industrially produced gas is widely available in Western Europe, and is still 30% cleaner than diesel as fuel for road transport.

The Port of Rotterdam is an immensely interesting hub for transmission and transport. Imagine the impact it could have if major freight forwarders opted for hydrogen! This solution is already technically feasible.

But how can we ultimately speed up the process with H2? How can we get trucks to run on this zero-emission fuel as promptly as possible?