Key Advantages of Arco DIRECTLINK Equipment for Material Handling:

Fast Refueling: in just 3 minutes the trucks are refueled, instead of the 12-15 minutes required for to swap the battery. Arco FC  System run up to twice compared to battery-powered units.




Continuous Power delivery: Equipment operates with constant power delivery as long the Hydrogen is available, while Battery Powered units power decrease when battery come to discharge




Floor Space: Eliminates the need for dedicated battery charging and storage facilities

Arco FC DIRECTLINK Power System improve the performance compared the conventional fuel cells. DIRECTLINK for electric buses deliver no emissions at the tailpipe versus the other zero-emission technologies.



Zero-emission City bus fleets powered by DIRECTLINK are an effective means to address air quality and climate change challenges providing affordable zero-emission transportation without compromise vehicle performances.


FC Bus:

– Are an environmentally sustainable solution
– Can operate in low emission zones
– Operate over a longer range and on more demanding routes
– Offer much higher energy density than batteries to maximize payload
– Are refueled quickly (10 min), ensuring the Bus is on the road generating revenue for the fleet operator
– Offer high energy efficiency


DIRECTLINK power system, have been designed for integration into City buses from 8 to 18 meters (35 to 60 feet).

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are powered by hydrogen. They are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles and produce no tailpipe emissions but they only emit water vapor and warm air. DIRECTLINK-powered vehicles has a real and affordable, environmentally friendly, and safe transportation option. Fuel cell vehicles have the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.


To support automotive development programs, Arco FC leverages more than twenty years of unique experience in manufacturing, research, product development and systems integration and operation of fuel cell technology.

What is a fuel cell electric vehicle? FCEVs use a propulsion system similar to that of electric vehicles, where energy stored as hydrogen is converted to electricity by the fuel cells. Unlike conventional internal combustion engine vehicles, they produce no harmful tailpipe emissions. Other benefits include increasing energy security and strengthening the economy.


DIRECTLINK power system provide other advanced technologies to increase efficiency, such as regenerative braking systems, which capture the energy lost during braking and store it in a battery buffer. Major automobile manufacturers are offering a growing number of FCEVs, in sync with what the developing infrastructure can support.

Significant carbon and NOx emissions contributing to climate change and health issues come from urban freight transport in trade corridors. The need for zero-emission heavy-duty commercial trucks has never been greater.


Lighter fuel cell than batteries, longer range,  when it comes to heavy transport, weight matters. DIRECTLINK offer the same high torque that comes with battery electric vehicles, but at lower weight.


The estimated weight difference between the battery electric trucks and the hydrogen fuel cells trucks; the Battery truck a 480-kWh battery pack with a 400-km range, which equates to about 2500 kg,


While Hydrogen Fuel cell Truck, with a range of about 800-1200 km, is estimated to have a weigh around 800 kg, enables electric trucks without negatively impacting performance.

FC trucks:

– Are an environmentally sustainable solution leading to better air quality
– Can operate in low emission zones
– Operate over a longer range and on more demanding routes
– Offer much higher energy density than batteries to maximize payload
– Are refueled quickly (10 min), ensuring the truck is on the road generating revenue for the fleet operator
– Offer high energy efficiency

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are making a game change to many industries. From infrastructure and construction site inspection to agriculture and disaster response, ‘drones’ permit missions a lower cost per hour than ever before.

DIRECTLINK technology enables your UAV fleet to fly significantly longer and can improve the run-time of other mass sensitive electrically powered technology.

Also, VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing) aircraft represent another valuable market for FCs in the immediate future where Arco FC systems bring the benefits of low thermal and noise signature as well as extended run-times.


Unmanned systems powered by DIRECTLINK operate longer than their battery counterparts, with the same benefits of low thermal and noise signature. Users see improved reliability over small internal combustion engines, providing safe and low maintenance operation.

Key Facts About DIRECTLINK Powered UAVs

– Hydrogen is a safe and readily-available energy source
– Refilling is quick and easy – typically taking less than 3 minutes
– Reduced noise, compared to internal combustion engines, results in lower acceptable flight altitudes
– DIRECTLINK operate more efficiently at high altitudes than internal combustion engines, enabling effective use in mountainous regions
– DIRECTLINK produce no emissions

DIRECTLINK power system provides the following advantage for shipsZero emission Environmentally-Sustainable solution featuring long life. Arco FC provides modular power solutions from 20kW to multi-MW power systems for marine applications based on distributed fuel cell architecture.

Marine environment compliant with safe FC compartment, integrated power management systems & controls and scalable and flexible integration into the ship architecture.



Range: High energy density of hydrogen compared to battery; liquid storage for large volumes and long storage capacity

Utilization: Quick refilling compared to long battery charging time

Power: Scalable, dispatchable, distributed power for auxiliary or propulsion loads

Suitable marine applications for fuel cell systems include:

– Ferries, coastal vessels, barges and  cruise ships
– Hotel and Auxiliary Loads (power, heat, water)
– Cold ironing / shore power

Propulsion power: cruising and in Ports and Emission Control Areas (ECAs)

A new growing market segment for FCs is that of fuel cell hydrogen trains – Hydrails – that use hydrogen as fuel to generate electricity for power traction. According to a recent study, “Hydrogen trains, with zero-emission, are the best cost-competitive solution to replace diesel train and the fuel cells and hydrogen trains can replace 30% of diesel vehicles by 2030”. This kind of transport can be deployed for set connections where the regional networks are not electrified. In this field the application of Arco FC technology the allow longer runs with less refueling stops and major speed – all with zero emissions.

The fast-refueling solutions based on the Arco FC technology will eliminate the need for engine idling at train stations, due to long refueling time required (contrary to diesel units); this means time saving and economical value added.
The choice of Arco FC technology means:
• Zero tailpipe emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases;
• Lower noise pollution and increased passenger comfort including low vehicle vibration
• Avoiding cost of future rail electrifications

Arco FC DIRECTLINK technology allows the stationary applications of fuel cells connected to the electricity grid or not. Stationary fuel cells can provide:


– Supplemental power and back-up electricity systems to improve reliability and quality of power supply for critical infrastructure (e.g. data centers, hospitals, public security, schools, nursing homes etc ). Fuel cell powered back-up systems have a strong value proposition by flexibly safeguarding the supply during power failures with a local zero-emission technology alternative, typically for a bridging time of up to 72 hrs.

– Base-load electricity for off-grid or isolated microgrids and even as a complement to renewable energy sources. Fuel cells can act a reliable, versatile and flexible off-grid power source in various remote areas.

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