Development of the World’s First Hydrogen Engine Truck Conversion and Started research for realization of B to B type hydrogen station
Commissioned and subsidized projects by the Ministry of the Environment for early CO2 reduction
i Labo Corporation has applied for and been selected by the Ministry of the Environment for the “FY2021 Demonstration Project for Decarbonization of Heavy Duty Vehicles by Utilizing Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines” (hereafter referred to as “the Project”).
In this project, diesel engine trucks running on diesel oil will be converted to hydrogen engine trucks running on hydrogen fuel, thereby reducing CO2 emissions to zero. The existing fuel supply components installed in the trucks will be replaced with various components compatible with high-pressure hydrogen, including hydrogen tanks used in fuel cell vehicles, etc. In FY2023, the safety, practicality, and economic efficiency of the hydrogen engine trucks will be verified through cargo transportation in commercial operation.
In addition, the economic acceptability of hydrogen stations supplying hydrogen (“B to B hydrogen stations”) will be verified and a feasibility study will be conducted, mainly at truck terminals where many large commercial trucks conduct business operations.
Hydrogen Conversion System for Existing Large Heavy Duty Vehicles
Goals of i Labo
i Labo aims to convert more than 20,000 heavy-duty vehicles by 2050 through the following projects: design and prototyping of heavy-duty vehicle equipment, design and prototyping of engine hydrogenation, provision of hydrogen conversion process manuals and critical parts kits, and standardization of human resource development and skill certification in hydrogenation and conversion technology. Through this project, we aim to convert more than 20,000 heavy-duty vehicles to hydrogen by 2050. This is expected to generate a cumulative demand of more than 240,000 tons of hydrogen by 2050, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions from trucks by a cumulative 1.04 million tons.
In addition to trucks, this technology will be applied to power generators, ships, and heavy and construction equipment that emit large amounts of CO2 and require power (horsepower), such as “power hungry enginesTM “. We will contribute to the realization of a society in line with the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) set by the United Nations by 2030.