Delft-based Zepp.solutions, an hydrogen fuel cell system developer, announced on Tuesday that it has delivered two hydrogen storage and Y50 fuel cell systems to Terberg Techniek, which specialised in vehicle modifications.
The Dutch company Terberg Techniek developed a conversion kit surrounding Zepp’s fuel cell systems. The company plans to use this kit to convert other construction equipment from a diesel to a hydrogen-electric powertrain.
Recently, the vehicle modification specialist has used the fuel cell systems to convert two Liebherr 916 Litronic wheeled excavators from diesel to hydrogen-electric, marking the first application of Zepp’s fuel cell systems in the construction equipment industry.
The two excavators, owned by Dutch contracting company Jos Scholman, have undergone six months of operational testing.
The Dutch company says the excavators are reliable and offer an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional diesel-powered models as they produce no emissions other than water.
The company has developed both the fuel cell system and onboard hydrogen storage system.
Kevin Schreiber, co-founder of zepp.solutions says, “We are thrilled to see our fuel cell systems being used in the conversion of these Liebherr excavators and to play a role in helping the construction equipment sector reduce its carbon emissions. At Zepp.solutions, we are committed to providing innovative, reliable, and cost-effective fuel cell technology to a wide range of industries. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Terberg Techniek on future projects.”
Zepp.solutions’ Y50 fuel cell systems have been gaining traction in the material handling and maritime sectors, with several OEMs and retrofitters using its systems for their projects.
A recent example is the Watertaxi in Rotterdam, which was christened in May.
Due to increasing regulation on local emission, including CO2, noise, particulate matter, and especially NOx, Hydrogen is gaining popularity in the construction equipment industry.
In particular, hydrogen fuel cells provide a reliable and constant power source for construction equipment, allowing for longer periods of operation and fewer interruptions for refuelling or recharging, unlike their battery counterparts.
Zepp.solutions: What you need to know
Founded in 2017 by Jan Bot, Jonas Brendelberger, Remco Duba, Joost Kortleve, and Kevin Schreiber, Zepp.solutions is a fuel cell system manufacturer and integrator.
The company offers compact, highly integrated systems for medium and heavy-duty markets.
The company’s PEM fuel cell system solutions contain all components, subsystems, and control software necessary to turn hydrogen gas into electric power at maximum efficiency and operational robustness.