Research project to investigate hydrogen power for foundation equipment

A three-year research project looking at reducing the carbon footprint of specialist foundation equipment by using hydrogen fuel cells has been launched.

The Bauer Maschinen Group produces a wide range of foundation engineering equipment

Over the next three years, the project partners will work together to develop a concept for operating construction equipment in specialist foundation with zero CO2 emissions. The plan is to integrate a drive system comprising a hydrogen fuel cell, along with all necessary peripheral components into a special foundation machine from Bauer Maschinen GmbH.

The fuel cell system, along with other required components such as H2 storage unit and cooling unit, are designed as a plug-in module for universal use.

At the end of the project, the plug-in module will be installed on a Bauer machine and tested in practical applications.

Bauer has previously produced the cable-bound eBG 33 and battery-powered eBG 33 H all electric and says the use of hydrogen technology in the form of a fuel cell is “a logical enhancement.”

A hydrogen-powered machine can be used where a cable connection is impossible or specific services are required that cannot be provided to the necessary extent using only batteries.

The consortium partners are Bauer Maschinen GmbH along with the Professorship for Fluid Systems Technology and the Chair for Fluid Mechanics at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. The research project is planned for three years. 

Read an exclusive interview with Bauer Maschinen CEO, Dr. Ruediger Kaub. 


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