Thanks to funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) and some committed regional stakeholders that include Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC), Total Transportation Services, Inc. (TTSI), Air Products, Vision Industries, and EDF, 20 dirty, diesel powered heavy duty trucks, the ones carrying large containers, will be replaced with zero-emission TYRANO™ hydrogen fuel cell-electric trucks. The DOE granted HGAC $3.4 million in funding to launch a zero emission engine technology demonstration project – the largest of its kind- at the Port of Houston Authority (PHA), where heavy duty trucks are projected to account for almost half of all port emissions by 2015.
Expected emission reductions from the project include 39 tons of nitrogen oxides and 0.8 tons of particulate matter per year. This award is especially timely as the Houston area is on the verge of a non-attainment designation with the newly strengthened particulate matter standard and still struggles to meet the national ambient air quality standard for ozone. In addition to reductions of criteria air pollutants, the demo will enable the displacement of 200,000 gallons of diesel annually (equivalent to reducing 2,180 tons of CO2).
Historically speaking, the cargo transport sector has been confined to older, dirtier diesel engines. This award signifies a positive step forward in demonstrating a new technology for the freight sector. The trucks are expected to be rolled out later this year, and will be fueled with hydrogen locally sourced from natural gas feedstock.
In addition, over 80 percent of the truck components will be built and assembled right here in America. Clean air and clean energy for a better economy makes for a triple win.