Volvo: Fuel Cells For Truck Idling
Posted on June 14, 2005Sweden’s Volvo AB and the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA are starting a fuel cell technology joint venture to cut emissions from idling truck engines. The new venture, Powercell, will use fuel-cell technology to build small generator sets that can be mounted in trucks and other vehicles, the companies said. The fuel cell would reportedly be powered by hydrogen produced from the diesel fuel carried by the vehicle. "In the long term, power units driven by fuel cells will also be used in boats, aircraft and other mobile units in which there is a need for a compact, environmentally sound and efficient power supply," said Goran Wirmark, spokesman for Volvo's technology unit.