2030: The Year of the Hydrogen Truck
A coalition statement was recently signed by an all-star line-up of vehicle manufacturers, technology and infrastructure providers to certify their joint dedication and commitment to cut down on gas emissions by 90% in the European transport and logistics industry over the next 30 years, through the widespread adoption of hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
The coalition itself, in a joint statement, said it strongly believes in the environmental and commercial benefits that fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) heavy-duty trucks can provide across Europe, potentially setting a new standard by 2030. It also plans to work with FCH technology providers, truck operators, road freight service users and related industry associations to further their reach and their tech.
The companies listed as part of the coalition are, to name a few:
HYZON Motors specifically has been very vocal about their plans to change the shape of a currently carbon-heavy world, and with other large companies backing them and the entire carbon-neutral plan, it’s easy to see why they feel so strongly about the effort.
“As part of our transition to zero emissions powertrains, we commit to the joint target for the transport sector in Europe to deploy up to 100,000 FCH heavy-duty trucks from 2030 onwards as highlighted in the study supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, as well as up to 1,500 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) closely synchronised with FCH heavy-duty truck developments and roll out until 2030,” they stated.
“We intend to do so by cross-industry collaboration, introducing new products and business models, use FCH trucks for our logistics service offerings and establish the respective HRS networks and fuel supply chain to kick-start and speed-up their deployment.
“We herewith express our commitment and willingness to contribute to the decarbonisation of the European transport sector by heavily investing in the development, production and deployment of FCH trucks, to create demand for large amounts of green hydrogen and to build and operate the respective HRS infrastructure.
“To achieve the necessary scale effects and to reach expected cost reductions through technical optimisations until fuel cell trucks and hydrogen reach competitive market prices, we intend to support commercialisation by a concerted push to the market.”
A coalition of such large, world-affecting companies working together to combat emissions and to lay the foundation for a more carbon-neutral world, only serves the continuous effort to normalise carbon neutrality across a variety of sectors, and hopefully this new standard lives long past the pandemic the world has found itself in, and perhaps kick-started the need for a more focused look at the immediate future.
Siemens: Providing the First Industrial 5G Router
Across a number of industry sectors, there’s a growing need for both local wireless connectivity and remote access to machines and plants. In both of these cases, communication is, more often than not, over a long distance. Public wireless data networks can be used to enable this connectivity, both nationally and internationally, which makes the new 5G network mainframe an absolutely vital element of remote access and remote servicing solutions as we move into the interconnected age.
Siemens Enables 5G IIoT
The eagerly awaited Scalance MUM856-1, Siemens’ very first industrial 5G router, is officially available to organisations. The device has the ability to connect all local industrial applications to the public 5G, 4G (LTE), and 3G (UMTS) mobile wireless networks ─ allowing companies to embrace the long-awaited Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
The router can be used to remotely monitor and service plants, machines, as well as control elements and other industrial devices via a public 5G network ─ flexibly and with high data rates. Something that has been in incredibly high demand after being teased by the leading network providers for years.
Scalance MUM856-1 at a Glance
- Scalance MUM856-1 connects local industrial applications to public 5G, 4G, and 3G mobile wireless networks
- The router supports future-oriented applications such as remote access via public 5G networks or the connection of mobile devices such as automated guided vehicles in industry
- A robust version in IP65 housing for use outside the control cabinet
- Prototypes of Siemens 5G infrastructure for private networks already in use at several sites
“To ensure the powerful connection of Ethernet-based subnetworks and automation devices, the Scalance MUM856-1 supports Release 15 of the 5G standard. The device offers high bandwidths of up to 1000 Mbps for the downlink and up to 500 Mbps for the uplink – providing high data rates for data-intensive applications such as the remote implementation of firmware updates. Thanks to IPv6 support, the devices can also be implemented in modern communication networks.
Various security functions are included to monitor data traffic and protect against unauthorised access: for example, an integrated firewall and authentication of communication devices and encryption of data transmission via VPN. If there is no available 5G network, the device switches automatically to 4G or 3G networks. The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and autoconfiguration of the devices,” Siemens said.
Preparing for a 5G-oriented Future
Siemens has announced that the new router can also be integrated into private 5G networks. This means that the Scalance MUM856-1 is, essentially, future-proofed when it comes to 5G adaptability; it supports future-oriented applications, including ‘mobile robots in manufacturing, autonomous vehicles in logistics or augmented reality applications for service technicians.’
And, for use on sites where conditions are a little harsher, Siemens has given the router robust IP65 housing ─ it’s “dust tight”, waterproof, and immersion-proofed.
The first release version of the router has an EU radio license; other versions with different licenses are in preparation. “With the Sinema Remote Connect management platform for VPN connections, users can access remote plants or machines easily and securely – even if they are integrated in other networks. The software also offers easy management and auto-configuration of the devices,” Siemens added.