JCB unveils mobile hydrogen refueller for contractors to fuel equipment on site
JCB has unveiled a mobile hydrogen refueller.
JCB's mobile hydrogen refueller provides an easy way for users to refuel their machines on-site. Around 97 percent of construction machines have fuel delivered to them while working on site.
"Well, today we have an answer with our new mobile hydrogen refuelling system, which allows hydrogen to be taken from on-site tube trailers and distributed to machines by our refueller as they work on the job site," says JCB Chairman Lord Bamford. "This is no different to today when diesel is taken in bowsers to refuel machines.
"Fossil fuels are not the future and hydrogen is the practical solution to powering our machines in the decades to come," continues Bamford. "Our British engineers are doing a fantastic job in developing this technology, and there are many more exciting developments to come."
A team of 100 engineers is working on the project. JCB's first hydrogen-powered machine to be unveiled was a JCB backhoe loader, followed a year ago by a Loadall telescopic handler. The technology went on to be shown in the Green Zone at COP26 in Glasgow. JCB has manufactured engines since 2004, producing them at plants in Derbyshire and in Delhi, India. Last year JCB celebrated a major milestone with the production of its 750,000th engine.
JCB is investing £100 million in a project to produce efficient hydrogen engines and has already showcased working prototypes of a backhoe loader and Loadall telescopic handler powered by hydrogen.