As it continues to lead the sector on zero and low carbon technologies, JCB has developed a 20-ton 220X excavator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that has been undergoing rigorous testing at JCB’s quarry proving grounds for more than 12 months. The exciting development means JCB is the first construction equipment company in the world to unveil a working prototype of an excavator powered by hydrogen.
“The development of the first hydrogen fueled excavator is very exciting as we strive towards a zero carbon world. In the coming months, JCB will continue to develop and refine this technology with advanced testing of our prototype machine and we will continue to be at the forefront of technologies designed to build a zero carbon future,” explained Lord Bamford, JCB Chairman.
Lord Bamford’s son Jo Bamford spent 14 years at JCB before moving into the hydrogen sector, setting up Ryse Hydrogen and then buying Northern Ireland bus giant Wrightbus. He has won contracts to supply the world’s first hydrogen double-decker to cities such as London and Aberdeen. “I truly believe hydrogen is the UK’s best opportunity to build a world-leading industry which creates jobs, cuts emissions and is the envy of the globe,” said Jo Bamford.
Power for JCB’s prototype excavator is generated by reacting hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to create the energy needed to run electric motors. The only emission from the exhaust is water.