Westport Fuel Systems announced the successful completion of a heavy transport demonstration with its H2 HPDI fuel system equipped prototype truck hauling a refrigerated trailer in Madrid, Spain. The demo marks the first of its kind in Spain.
The Westport H2 HPDI fuel system-equipped demonstration truck unloading fresh freight at the Mercadona logistics hub in Getafe, Spain (22 September2023). Photo credit: Andrés Valdivia (CNW Group/Westport Fuel Systems Inc.)
The collaboration between Westport and key transportation and energy partners included:
Disfirmur SL, a transport and logistics company, performing refrigerated goods transportation services, committed to efficient and sustainable transport.
Enagás’ Subsidiary Scale Gas, an energy infrastructure company, responsible for refueling the vehicle at its Madrid hydrogen refueling station.
Versallis Tech Services, a hydrogen and renewable energy services consulting firm, providing technical support and coordination of the operation.
The demo was made possible by Mercadona, a leading Spanish supermarket chain, which successfully implemented the test by carrying out a distribution service in Madrid and thus contributing to the progress towards more sustainable logistics.
Westport’s H2 HPDI fuel system, which powers an internal combustion engine, represents a practical solution that offers the sustainability needed to support climate neutrality in the heavy transport sector. It is inspiring to see our H2 HPDI prototype truck being tested by a major industry player, demonstrating the efficient delivery of fresh products to a supermarket logistics center.—Anders Johansson, vice president of Heavy-Duty OEMs for Westport
The basis of Westport’s HPDI (High Pressure Direct Injection) technology is an injector with a dual concentric needle design. It delivers small quantities of diesel fuel and large quantities of gas (natural gas, LNG HPDI or hydrogen H2 HPDI), at high pressure to the combustion chamber.
Westport says that HPDI with 40% biomethane is particularly attractive from a CO2 reduction cost perspective. Biomethane is already broadly available and its availability will grow to reach the share of 40% of total natural gas consumption in Europe, by 2030.
Tons CO2 reduced per €1,000 invested. WTW CO2 – includes fuel source and manufacturing emissions. Source: Westport Fuel Systems
The H2 HPDI fuel system equipped engines offers far greater CO2 reductions for every Euro of public and private investment, compared to fuel cells, Westport says. Based on Westport’s current technology, the H2 HPDI fuel system avoids reliance on the sensitive and expensive minerals used in fuel cell catalysts and batteries, resulting in far lower cost base than fuel cells.