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Stephen Moore

August 10, 2017

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Hexagon Composites enters the heavy-duty fuel cell truck market with hydrogen cylinders

Hexagon Lincoln (Lincoln, NE) has completed the development and initial deliveries of storage tanks for a Toyota heavy-duty fuel cell truck proof-of-concept, powered by hydrogen gas. Toyota Motor North America Research and Development (TMNA R&D) has received the first hydrogen tanks to be used for its heavy-duty fuel cell truck project. The tanks employ high-density polyethylene (HDPE) liners and filament-wound carbon fiber outer structures. Hexagon Lincoln is a subsidiary of Norway’s Hexagon Composites.

HDPE-lined carbon fiber hydrogen fuel tanks are lighter than those that use steel as a liner material.

Recently Toyota unveiled the fuel cell truck proof-of-concept as part of a feasibility study by the Port of Los Angeles, supporting the Port's efforts to reduce harmful emissions. The world-leading OEM has expressed that they believe that hydrogen fuel cell technology has tremendous potential to become the powertrain of the future.

"Toyota's proof-of-concept is further confirmation that fuel cell applications continue to expand. Feasibility demonstrations show local and international communities that hydrogen fuel is available and ready to reduce emissions while nurturing energy independence." says Rick Rashilla, Vice President, Hydrogen Products of Hexagon Lincoln. "We look forward to the opportunities this collaboration will bring to our customers."

About the Author(s)

Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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