With capacity to convert up to 20 trucks per month, the new workshop will convert new internal combustion engine (ICE) trucks to run on CMB’s dual-fuel technology, which sees hydrogen aspirated into the engine’s combustion chamber, requiring less diesel injection to power the engine.

The conversion process see the mounting of hydrogen tanks on the trucks, the installation of the company’s injection ring on the engine, a new engine control unit installed, followed by quality control and validation.

“With the opening of the first dual-fuel workshop, we can prove that the conversion process is a simple and scalable concept,” said Roy Campe, Chief Technology Officer at CMB.TECH. “We start from a large-scale produced truck, which we can convert with a relatively minor intervention into a platform which we can realise large emissions savings.”

Campe added, “We are setting the trend of being able to move away from traditional fuel in an affordable way. After a trial period, we can further roll out this concept to other locations and for other heavy-duty applications.”

In October (2022), Volvo Penta and CMB announced they had partnered to accelerate the development of dual-fuel hydrogen-powered solutions for on-land and at-sea applications.

Read more: Volvo Penta, CMB.TECH partner to develop dual-fuel hydrogen solutions for land and sea applications

CMB has said the first trucks are expected to be delivered to clients in March 2023. H2 View understands both Van Moer Logistics, and Haesaerts will receive the first trucks to add to their fleets.

“After a successful pilot case, we ordered the first batch of 10 additional dual-fuel trucks,” said Jo Van Moer, founder and CEO of Van Moer Logistics. “The trucks will be used for [tank] container transport and will be a sustainable addition to the fleet.”

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