MOBILITY WITH HYDROGEN FOR POSTAL DELIVERY
Transport will probably soon experience its biggest revolution since the beginning of the industrial age. Developments around thermal engines meet technological limits and fossil origin fuels are more and more disparaged due to their worth impact on environment, climatic evolution and air or noise pollution in the cities. Research is led in different ways from years on to purpose alternative energies to fossil fuel. Electricity driving and hydrogen fuel cells are promising solutions but are not largely commercialized yet. Furthermore, hydrogen fuel cells face several challenges which need to be overcome: reliability and life time, distribution network, public acceptance.
Mobypost aims at implementing hydrogen and fuel cell technology at a middle level, according to an environmental respectful strategy and including a significant experimentation which enable to proof the viability of the technology and initiate its commercialization in the field of market niches as material handling vehicles. Mobypost will develop the concept of electric vehicles powered by fuel cells using hydrogen produced locally by renewable energy means: solar panels installed on the roofs of the buildings. Mobypost will implement low pressure storage solutions for hydrogen over two fleets of five vehicles on two different sites for postal mail delivery. Development of the vehicles and the associated refueling stations will be realized considering all the certification processes required and taking into account public acceptance toward solutions that will be implemented.
The Mobypost consortium congregates a balanced group of competencies in vehicle’s engineering and construction, hydrogen storage with low pressure solutions such as metal hydrides, photovoltaic power plants, hydrogen production systems, and finally monitoring and system control in order to achieve optimization of the entire chain.
Last but not least, Mobypost aims at transferring the project developed concepts to related business areas, fact that will ensure seizing the potential benefits offered by the hydrogen and fuel cells technology.