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Plastic Omnium has been awarded a contract to develop and manufacture hydrogen storage systems for VDL, as part of H2Haul, a European project dedicated to deploying zero-emission hydrogen-based mobility solutions.

By 2021, Plastic Omnium will supply a complete systems for trucks to be manufactured by VDL, comprising seven tanks storing 40kg of hydrogen at 350 bars.

The H2HAUL (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks for Heavy Duty Zero Emission Logistics) project is a consortium subsidised by the European Union with 15 partners, aiming at developing, certifying and operating three new types of hydrogen trucks while also enhancing the supply infrastructure.

As of 2021, VDL will be delivering four of the 16 trucks in the H2Haul project.

VDL is a Dutch Heavy Duty vehicle manufacturer based in Eindhoven, with a strong focus on new forms of mobility and working with DAF to equip lorries with zero emission drivelines.

All the trucks in this project will be travelling several million kilometres to demonstrate the technical and economical case for hydrogen in the long-distance transportation sector, ultimately leading to the manufacturing of significant volumes of lorries in Europe.

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The contract with VDL follows the order of 350-bar bus tanks for a German manufacturer in late 2019 and the certification of its 350- and 700-bar tanks.

Plastic Omnium has also confirmed its commitment to promoting hydrogen by joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, recently created by the European Union to help achieve its Green Deal goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

The Group estimates production will grow up to 2m vehicles by 2030. Plastic Omnium is accelerating its investments to work in zero-carbon hydrogen-fuelled mobility solutions, from storage to fuel cell systems.