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UK gets its first hydrogen-fuelled waste collection truck

Aberdeen City Council Leader Jenny Laing with the new hydrogen-powered waste truck. (Source: Aberdeen City Council)

Aberdeen City Council is adding a new zero-emission waste truck that will use green hydrogen from existing refueling infrastructure in and around the Scottish city. This will be the first-ever hydrogen-powered waste truck to become operational in the United Kingdom.

The truck will not only result in estimated emissions savings of over 25kg CO2e/litre a year, as against a diesel truck on similar routes and operational conditions but will also collect data that will allow further rollouts of hydrogen-fuelled waste trucks in the future.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Aberdeen City Council Leader said: "Enabling truly 'green' transport is a key deliverable in our plan to deliver Aberdeen's Net Zero Vision and our plans to replace our vehicle fleet with alternative fuel vehicles.

"Adding a waste truck powered only by hydrogen is another important step forward and builds on the zero-emission buses and other public sector vehicles that are already here in the city", she added.

The chassis of the hydrogen truck is manufactured by New-York-based Hyzon Motors, a global leader in fuel-cell electric commercial mobility by providing end-to-end decarbonization solutions through its innovative zero-emission technology.

"Aberdeen is leading the UK's transition to clean transport, and Hyzon Motors is proud to provide zero-emission solutions to realize these ambitions today", said Craig Knight, Co-Founder and CEO of Hyzon Motors. Europe's largest providers of innovative refuse collection vehicles Geesinknorba supplied the truck to Aberdeen City Council.

"By delivering the UK's first hydrogen-powered waste truck, Hyzon demonstrates its intention and readiness to supply the region with fuel cell electric vehicles to further our singular mission of decarbonizing global freight", he claimed.

The hydrogen truck in Aberdeen is one of seven trucks deployed across pilot sites in northwest Europe, including the Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Germany. Each truck will be tested in a range of environments from rural areas to city centres, demonstrating the efficacy of hydrogen waste trucks in providing an effective solution to reduce emissions from road transport. 

Author : Dhiyanesh Ravichandran
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