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FresH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refrigerated Transport Project Enters Road Testing Phase

FresH2*, the innovative fuel cell project initiated by Bosch and Carrier Transicold, in collaboration with bodybuilder Lamberet and the European specialist in temperature-controlled food transport STEF, has entered the road testing phase on September 6. Carrier Transicold is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), the leading global provider of healthy, safe, sustainable and intelligent building and cold chain solutions.

FresH2 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refrigerated Transport Project Enters Road Testing Phase
The “FresH2” fuel cell project launched by Bosch moves to the road test phase, in France, with the STEF Group. The hydrogen fuel-cell powered refrigeration unit, Vector® HE 19, from Carrier Transicold will be installed on a semi-trailer from the specialized bodybuilder of refrigerated vehicles, Lamberet. The development of this innovative, zero-emission solution is financed by Bosch and carried out at the Bosch site in Rodez, France. Pictured: (left to right) Heiko Carrie, President Robert Bosch France Benelux, Damien Chapotot, Director Transport France, Victor Calvo, President Carrier Transicold International Truck & Trailer, Erick Méjean, Managing Director Lamberet
  • The “FresH2” fuel cell project launched by Bosch moves to the road test phase, in France, with the STEF Group.
  • The hydrogen fuel-cell powered refrigeration unit, Vector® HE 19, from Carrier Transicold will be installed on a semi-trailer from the specialized bodybuilder of refrigerated vehicles, Lamberet.
  • The development of this innovative, zero-emission solution is financed by Bosch and carried out at the Bosch site in Rodez, France.

FresH2 is a clean and quiet solution designed to deliver electricity required by refrigeration units installed on temperature-controlled road transport semi-trailers. The semi-trailers are primarily used to transport fresh and frozen food products, pharmaceuticals and all other heat-sensitive goods.

The hydrogen fuel cell technology offers a relevant alternative to replace the diesel engine usually used in refrigerated transport, which is a source of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate emissions. As for the hydrogen cell, it does not release any emissions or noise.

FresH2 consists of a fuel cell powered by hydrogen tanks, to which an electronic unit is added, enabling it to convert the direct current provided by the cell into the alternating current needed to operate the refrigeration unit. The innovation lies in the direct interfacing of the fuel cell with the refrigeration unit, without the use of a bulky and expensive on-board buffer battery system.

To successfully carry out the first tests of this project, Carrier Transicold and Bosch have surrounded themselves with leading partners in the sector: the companies Lamberet (bodybuilder) and STEF (Transport and logistics specialist).

The Bosch Rodez team developed this innovative hydrogen solution by combining it with a Carrier Transicold Vector® HE 19 multi-temperature refrigeration unit.

“The FresH2 project perfectly illustrates our passion for innovation and reflects our commitment to a sustainable cold chain, particularly through the electrification of our product lines,”said Jean-Pascal Vielfaure, Managing Director France and Southern Europe, Carrier Transicold. “With the FresH2 project, we are pleased to contribute to the energy transition and participate in developing a hydrogen-powered solution of the future for semi-trailers. Thank you to all of our partners for their commitment and trust.”

Energy efficient solutions such as the FresH2 project, support Carrier’s aim to reduce its customers’ carbon footprint by one gigaton, part of its 2030 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Goals.

The system will be tested this month under actual usage conditions by STEF Chambéry site teams in France, as part of a round of food product distribution. “STEF's participation in the FresH2 fuel cell project is a new strong marker of the Group's commitment to green energy,” said Damien Chapotot, Managing Director, STEF Transport. “The testing of this operational prototype in real operating conditions is a first for STEF, which strongly believes in hydrogen as the fuel of the future.”

Once it has passed all certifications required for road licensing, the system will be tested to evaluate efficiency and to identify any areas of improvement for the future industrialized version. Bosch’s ultimate goal with this innovation is to produce a competitive, turnkey solution at the Rodez factory that can be integrated into any type of refrigerated semi-trailer, whether new or used, thereby contributing on a large scale to the climate neutrality target set for the transport sector in the Paris Agreement.

Lamberet offers the largest range of zero-emission-powered refrigeration vehicles designed for urban deliveries. Lamberet's knowledge allows the SR2 heavy-duty semi-trailer supporting the FresH2 project to integrate the system components in a transparent manner for the user: the FresH2 system, which is the size of a pallet rack, is located in the wheelbase. Its integration in no way alters the appearance, usable volume, or overall height of the refrigerated semi-trailer. The 100% autonomous FresH2 adapts equally well to new semi-trailers and those that are already in service.

"In this period of expansion resulting from the implementation of all these new environmental technologies, the involvement of Lamberet and its expertise as a bodybuilder in this FresH2 project is a challenge that demonstrates our ability to carry out developments in partnership with the world's largest groups and to adapt our products to these new technologies while respecting the specifications of our transport customers,”
said Eric Méjean, Managing Director, Lamberet.

*FresH2 is a registered trademark of Bosch

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