Fuel cells and modular wagons come together in the transportation of the future

Citylog EMF may be one of the solutions we are waiting for for all types of low-distance transport of people and goods, thanks to its low pollution and its modularity.

One thing that researchers and environmental and planning officials are beginning to fully agree on is that the current city model is not sustainable. No matter how much commitment is made to buses that produce fewer emissions, car traffic is still so high (and is increasing) that in addition to the very high pollution, kilometer-long traffic jams occur in city centers. As a proposal to solve the problem from the perspective of the increasing transport of goods to individuals, HET Engineering propose a modular zero-emission vehicle for congested areas.

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Although in principle it is intended for courier agencies, the Citylog EMF also serves for the transport of people, since modules (wagons) can be added, which in addition, thanks to its small size, also makes it ideal for transport in hotels or luggage in large airports, where emissions and noise are very important. Their strength is no problem, as they are individually capable of moving up to 2 tons.

Beyond the convenience they offer on the road, there is the key issue, the energy supply and its efficiency. And is that each wagon has its supply system, with energy stored in fuel cells (composed of oxygen and hydrogen), of which we have talked a lot and whose use in space missions is a reality. The advantage over batteries is weight, a key factor to travel more kilometers. In addition, they recharge much faster: compared to the 4 hours required by a battery, the fuel cell does this for 5 to 10 minutes, a time when packages and passengers could easily wait.

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One of the managers of DLR, or German Space Center, who has helped with the energy part of the Citylog EMF, claims that the most difficult thing has been to ensure that the vehicles can circulate in temperatures below zero, due to the traditional problems that fuel cells have in these bands. Thanks to increased production and demand, the issue of costs has also been resolved.

In Austria testing of the Citylog EMF will begin at the end of the year, with the aim of, in principle, lightening the deliveries of packages in very crowded areas.

Images: IT Engineering.

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