The FresH2 project, which was initiated by Bosch and Carrier Transicold working with coachbuilder Lamberet and European temperature-controlled food transport specialist STEF, has entered the road test phase. As with the coachbuilder Chereau which has paved the way, the aim is to use fuel cell technology to replace the diesel engine usually used in refrigerated transport. It emits neither emissions nor noise. The novelty lies in the direct interfacing of the fuel cell with the refrigeration unit without the need for a costly and cumbersome on-board battery buffer system.
Today the project is taking a new step forward. In partnership with Carrier Transicold, Lamberet and STEF, the system will be tested in real-life conditions by teams at the STEF Chambéry site during a food distribution round in September.
Bosch’s long-term ambition with this innovation is to produce a sustainable and competitive turnkey solution in the Rodez plant that can be integrated onto all types of refrigerated semi-trailers, both new and second-hand.
Article written by Laurent Meillaud and translated by Logan King.