The French refrigerated vehicle company Chereau is testing hydrogen as part of an on-road reality program that includes the development of a new generation of semi-trailers for the transport sector.
In the face of few hydrogen stations for trucks, it proposes to integrate a production and distribution station on each industrial site of the cold logistics chain. It is possible to produce green hydrogen locally using photovoltaic panels on roofs along with an electrolyser and a storage tank.
Industrial buildings with large roof areas are ideal for this which makes it possible to overcome the short- and medium-term limitations of the lack of any hydrogen charing network.
Damien Destremau, President of The Reefer Group and CHEREAU said, “We have already engaged in the energy transition. It is embedded in our corporate values and our actions: hydrogen-powered refrigerated semi-trailer, a world premiere; support for Energy Observer; commitment to a neutral energy balance at our Ducey site in 2025… But this is not enough,”.
“We still need to accelerate and federate, because if we want the world to change, more of us need to get involved. In mid-April, in response to the call for expressions of interest issued by the French government, we proposed a hydrogen cold chain logistics project called H2Coldchain.”
“So, I am also launching an appeal: food and pharmaceutical manufacturers, temperature-controlled transporters, distributors, join us! Let’s totally decarbonize our industry by 2030, it’s possible, the technologies are ready.”