The mining company, Anglo American, is reimagining trucks and fitting them with hydrogen power technology in a bid to reduce “on-site diesel emissions by up to 80%.”
The novel technology is being piloted in South Africa early this year. It uses a hydrogen fuel cell and a battery pack to form a hybrid solution to power trucks.
The construction sector accounted for nearly half of energy-related CO2 emissions in 2017, and there are hopes that the hybrid hydrogen-powered trucks are a step towards reducing energy consumption and meeting climate targets.
Hydrogen is a costly technical solution that should be viewed with caution, for example, fossil fuels are still used in production. However, with investment and financial backing, it could transform the industry becoming a widespread, mainstream solution for trucks globally. Whilst it doesn’t reduce emissions to zero, it still has a large impact on lowering them which we should encourage.