DAIMLER TRUCK AG ESTABLISHES NEW COMPANY TO BRING TOGETHER ALL OF THE GROUP’S FUEL CELL ACTIVITIES
Daimler Truck AG has established Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG to bring together all of the Group’s fuel cell activities. Dr. Andreas Gorbach and Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck have been appointed as managing directors of the new company. They both have extensive experience with conventional and alternative drive systems, especially fuel cell systems.
Gorbach has already held a senior management position with overall responsibility for all fuel cell matters at Daimler Truck AG since the beginning of May this year. This will continue in his new additional position as CEO of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.
Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck has been in charge of fuel cell development at the Daimler Group since 2003 and is managing director of the current fuel cell development unit Mercedes-benz Fuel Cell Gmbh, which will be allocated to the newly founded subsidiary.
Over the past two decades, Daimler has already built up considerable expertise in the field of fuel cells at its site in Nabern, Germany (currently the headquarters of Mercedes-benz Fuel Cell Gmbh) and at other production and development facilities in Germany and Canada.
Daimler Truck AG concluded a preliminary, non-binding agreement with Volvo Group in April of this year to establish a new joint venture for the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell systems for heavy-duty commercial vehicles and other applications such as stationary use. Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG is later to transition into this planned joint venture. Volvo Group will acquire 50% of the company for this purpose. All potential transactions are subject to examination and approval by the responsible competition authorities. Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group plan to start series production of heavy-duty fuel cell commercial vehicles for demanding and heavy long-distance haulage in the second half of the decade.
The cooperation planned between Daimler Truck AG and the British technology group Rolls-royce plc in the field of stationary fuel cell systems demonstrates very specific opportunities for the commercialization of fuel cell technology through the planned joint venture with Volvo Group. Rolls-royce’s Power Systems division plans to use the fuel cell systems from the planned joint venture between Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group and Daimler’s many years of expertise in this field for the emergency power generators of the MTU product and solution brand that it develops and sells for data centers. A comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be prepared and signed by the end of the year.
Martin Daum, chairman of the board of management of Daimler Truck AG and member of the board of management of Daimler AG, said: “The fuel cell is a crucial Co2-neutral solution for trucks in heavy long-distance transport. We and our future joint venture partner, Volvo Group, are convinced of this. We are determined to jointly tackle the development and series production of fuel cells and are now taking major steps with all the necessary preparations for the planned joint venture. The establishment of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG is a very special milestone for our company, because our new subsidiary is to be the immediate predecessor organization of the joint venture. In it, we will now bring together the great expertise and enormous wealth of experience from several decades of development work on fuel cells at Daimler and combine it with the right know-how in connection with trucks.”
UK-based Reacton Fire Suppression, a global manufacturer of automatic fire suppression systems, is expanding its global reach with an office in Dubai to serve the Middle East, Africa and Asia markets.
Reacton Fire Suppression opened its Dubai office in December 2019, closely followed by appointing Fireward Fire Suppression as the local agent and installer for Reacton systems in the UAE.
Gary Sherrington-boyd, general manager, Middle East, North Africa and Asia, Reacton Fire Suppression, says: “With an increasing customer base in the Middle East region and a growing demand for Reacton’s P-mark accredited automatic fire suppression systems, it makes complete business sense to have a local presence in the region. Dubai is also the perfect and strategic location for us to support our growing customer base in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia, in association with our UK and US offices. The Intersec 2020 expo provided the perfect event for the launch of Reacton in this region, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the welcome we’ve received.”
Reacton Fire Suppression is the first and only company in the world to achieve the prestigious P-mark SPCR 199 standard for fire suppression in the engine compartments of heavy equipment vehicles, awarded by the Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), the leading vehicle accreditation safety body.
“Some of the biggest construction, engineering and exploration projects in the world are in the GCC region. With lifting and heavy plant equipment critical to these ventures, it’s no surprise that contractors want to keep their people, assets and infrastructure essential to these operations safe. This is where Reacton’s world-class automatic fire suppressions systems are relied on to protect mission critical equipment and billion dollar operations from the devasting impact of fire.
First-class customer service is in our DNA, it drives everything we do and, combined with our third-party product accreditations, means our customers have complete trust in Reacton. Establishing an in-region presence demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers from concept through to creation and installation,” says Gary.
HOW REACTON ACHIEVED THE HIGHEST RATINGS IN RIGOROUS VEHICLE FIRE SUPPRESSION TESTS
To achieve the P-mark according to SPCR 199, a system must go through a series of rigorous tests and pass criteria set out in both Certification Rules SPCR 199 and the test method SP method 4912. All fire tests are carried out in a test enclosure where the fire-fighting performance of different suppression systems can be evaluated in a well-defined and objective way.
The test method includes realistic airflows and relevant fire scenarios. In addition, the test method is repeatable and reproducible, and it includes testing of re-ignition due to fuel spray of flammable liquid onto hot surfaces. The test is adaptable to simulate the suppression challenges of less enclosed engine compartments and can be without floor, ceiling or walls. It also has much improved re-ignition protection.
There are 10 fire tests and a separate hot surface re-ignition test. Each of these tests vary in difficulty and have their own rating system.
In achieving the P-mark SPCR 199, Reacton’s fire suppression system scored the A+ rating throughout RISE’S rigorous test regime, which included demonstrating the following:
• The suppression system has been fire tested in a well-defined controlled environment in an objective way, providing realistic and repeatable fire hazards.
• Thorough component testing to international standards in independent accredited testing laboratories. These mechanical resistance tests cover thermal cycling, vibration resistance, mechanical shock, corrosion resistance and ingress protection.
• Robust fire risk assessment documentation is carried out on each vehicle type before design and installation of the fire suppression system.
• Full review of design, installation, operation and maintenance manuals.
• The fire suppression manufacturer’s design of systems, production and installation control is reviewed by independent approved third-party auditors as part of the overall quality assurance.
• Reduction in the loss of lives and vehicles. • Business continuity.
A minimum rating of 7 is required to pass the fire suppression performance part of the approval. This means that you can achieve a certificate without having to pass all the tests. For Reacton, this is not an option; we do not expect our clients to install a system that cannot pass all of the fire tests available. All Reacton fire suppression systems have the P-mark approval with 10/10 or A+ ratings.
Dr. Andreas Gorbach, managing director, Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.
Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck, managing director, Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.
Gary Sherrington-boyd, general manager, Middle East, North Africa and Asia, Reacton Fire Suppression.
In achieving the P-mark SPCR 199, Reacton’s fire suppression system scored the A+ rating throughout RISE’S rigorous test regime.