H2Rescue Truck

CE-CERT Joins DHS-led Initiative to Unveil “H2Rescue,” A Sustainable Emergency Response Vehicle

CE-CERT is proud to announce our involvement in an initiative led by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop and deploy sustainable technologies for emergency response. The collaboration between government agencies and private entities has resulted in the unveiling of the "H2Rescue," a hydrogen fuel cell-powered emergency relief truck prototype.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate, in partnership with the Departments of Energy and Defense, the Army Corps of Engineers, and Cummins, among others, unveiled the H2Rescue prototype in Washington D.C. The H2Rescue represents a significant advancement in sustainable and emerging technologies that can be developed and deployed through collaborative partnerships. 

The H2Rescue operates on zero-emission power generation, providing viable fuel alternatives for disaster recovery sites for up to 72 hours. Powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, the truck eliminates harmful pollutants and volatile exhaust emissions, ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment during emergency operations. Its quiet operation makes it an ideal power source for emergency shelters or providing electricity to approximately 20 average-sized homes. With an impressive range of up to 1,500 miles, achieved through an integrated electric drivetrain, high-density lithium-ion battery packs, and a hydrogen storage system, the vehicle can efficiently reach remote disaster sites.

CE-CERT's involvement in the development of the H2Rescue demonstrates our commitment to advancing sustainable transportation solutions and emergency response technologies. The collaboration between emergency management organizations, research institutes like FEMA, the Naval Research Laboratory, and industry partners has played a pivotal role in bringing this prototype to life. Anticipating future enhancements, upcoming iterations of the vehicle may harness its water and heat byproducts for further utilization, amplifying its versatility and sustainability.

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