The H2Cool Prelude project is researching how hydrogen and fuel cell technology can be used in truck refrigerated transport in the future to achieve positive effects for the environment. It has a duration from 15.02.2021 until 14.02.2022. The aim of the project is to develop concepts for avoiding fossil fuels and reducing or even eliminating harmful emissions: Greenhouse gases, air pollutats, noise.
Freight transport using fuel from fossil energy sources is a discontinued model, because hydrogen is considered the fuel of the future. The project is investigating many aspects that are essential for the development and successful implementation of hydrogen technology for refrigerated transport. The project significantly supports environmentally friendly and resource-saving technology development and testing. H2Cool Prelude thus contributes to counteracting climate change, environmental pollution and excessive resource consumption. The results of H2Cool Prelude will subsequently be realized in an implementation project with the retrofitting of a refrigerated truck.
The consortium includes the research institutes ISL and Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences, the company akquinet port consulting GmbH and the association H2BX - Wasserstoff für die Region Bremerhaven e.V. Within the framework of the project, the forwarding company Brüssel & Maass Logistik GmbH and the well-known frozen food company FRoSTA AG as well as the company Clean Logistics, which converts existing trucks to climate-friendly hydrogen hybrid propulsion, will be involved as end users for the development and validation of the technical, ecological, economic as well as legal and safety-relevant concepts.
The project is funded by the Applied Environmental Research (AUF) program of the Bremen Senator for Climate Protection, Environment, Mobility, Urban Development and Housing with money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).