BMW Commissions 70 Additional Hydrogen-Powered Industrial Trucks into Operation into its Leipzig Plant

05.12.2018

Leipzig–The BMW Group Leipzig plant will commission 70 more hydrogen-powered tugger trains (indoor tugs). These are now used in production to supply the assembly lines with supplier parts. The official handover took place today with all partners of a consortium consisting of the BMW Group, Fronius (manufacturer of fuel cell systems), Linde Material Handling (goods handling specialist and manufacturer of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks), Günsel Fördertechnik (Linde MH network partner, responsible for sales and Service) as well as the TU Munich (Scientific Accompanying Research). The consortium is supported by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and its program company, NOW GmbH.

The aim of the consortium is to establish a sustainable, sustainable and at the same time economically efficient drive technology in the area of ​​indoor logistics and to put it on a broad basis. Together with its partners, the consortium is mapping the entire value chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems for indoor logistics. Specific emphases are on the development, testing, everyday use, economic operation and the construction of a hydrogen infrastructure. The network partners work on the identified challenges in various work packages. These include an operator concept, the standardization of interfaces, a plug & play solution for fleet conversion, the validation of the service life as well as the proof of efficiency in the fleet operation. Other focal points include the service and training concept for the operation of the hydrogen fuel cell technology.

As a result, an industry standard „H2Ready“ is to be established, which broadly opens the possibility for other manufacturers to use the innovative technology in new or retrofitted vehicles in their own production. The funding of the Federal Ministry aims to advance the technological development of climate-friendly hydrogen and fuel cell technology and make it competitive.

Quotes from the consortium partners:

Hans-Peter Kemser, Head of BMW Group Leipzig plant : „The hydrogen indoor fleet is another milestone in the sustainability strategy of the BMW Group Leipzig plant. This brings us one step closer to the future of CO2-free production. In addition, we are working on further projects for our strategy field „Grünes Werk“. These include the use of hydrogen trucks, the conversion of other buildings and structures for the use of hydrogen to investigations of CO2-free hydrogen production on site with the use of wind turbines on our premises. “

Thomas Herndler, CTO Fronius: „The mobility of the future is based on green propulsion solutions, fossil fuels are to be gradually replaced by renewable energy sources as part of the energy transition. Fronius has been actively promoting this development with its products and solutions for many years. The HYLOG FLEET technology platform has been developed by Fronius for many years as part of several demonstration and research projects. With this fleet test, we can finally prove that the use of hydrogen as an energy source in various applications can be economically represented in the future. In general, hydrogen technology at Fronius plays an important role in sector coupling. Especially the decentralized, Close-to-consumer generation of green hydrogen from renewable energy surpluses offers enormous potential. This allows users to generate their own fuel for the fuel cell-supplemented electric vehicles and also to use the resulting waste heat. “

Christophe Lautray, CSO Linde MH: „The advantages of hydrogen as an energy carrier and fuel cell for use in intralogistics have been recognized by Linde Material Handling as the first manufacturer. We are firmly convinced that the use of hydrogen as a sustainable alternative will establish itself in the coming years. That’s why we already have the widest product portfolio with fuel cells available as standard for our vehicles. These are now available for 80 percent of our electric vehicles and we are continually expanding our offering. “

René Günsel, Managing Director Günsel Fördertechnik: „With the Hydrogen Trucks project, we hope to be able to offer our customers a long-term CO² neutral propulsion technology for their Linde MH electric trucks and warehouse trucks, and we are delighted to be involved in this venture.“

Wolfgang Axthammer, Managing Director NOW GmbH : „Intralogistics is a growing industry in Germany, Europe and the world. Although there is high price pressure, there is an increasing desire for decarbonisation of logistics locations and fleets. This is reflected in the inclusion of intralogistics in the promotion of the Federal Government in the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Program. This exemplary project was supported with around 2.8 million euros in funding from the Federal Ministry of Transport. “

Prof. Johannes Fottner, Technical University of Munich : „The research project examines and demonstrates the suitability of fuel cell technology for larger industrial truck fleets. Thus, another technology, which offers clear advantages under certain boundary conditions, can be used industrially. It expands the already existing portfolio and can contribute to the optimal system design. “