Hydrogen dual-fuel sweeper joins Aberdeen fleet

Aberdeen city council has expanded its fleet of hydrogen-powered vehicles, one of the largest in Europe, having taken delivery of a hydrogen dual fuel street sweeper for use in the city.

The sweeper has been adapted by retrofitting a standard EURO 6 DAF truck to run on both diesel and hydrogen fuel. ULEMCO, which carried out the refit of the vehicle, claims that using the diesel and hydrogen fuels together will make it the ‘best in class’ for CO2 and air pollution emissions.

Aberdeen’s hydrogen powered road sweeper

The city council will refuel the sweepers at the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage station, which has the capacity to produce up to 130kg of hydrogen per day. The £2.6 million facility, funded by Aberdeen city council, ERDF, Transport Scotland and Nestrans, is operated by Hydrogenics and opened in March 2017.

The sweeper joins a growing fleet of hydrogen vehicles operating in the city, which includes 10 buses, 14 cars (including one taxi) and four vans.

Hydrogen Strategy

Commenting on the new vehicle, Councillor Philip Bell, Aberdeen city council’s Hydrogen Spokesperson, said: “The delivery of this vehicle is part of our Hydrogen Strategy to increase the deployment of hydrogen vehicles in Aberdeen City, and keeps us at the forefront of globally demonstrating the practicality and operational flexibility of hydrogen technologies, leading to future decarbonisation.”

The work was delivered as part of project HyTIME, within the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial, funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.

Amanda Lyne, chief executive of ULEMCo, said: “This latest initiative further demonstrates the potential for hydrogen dual fuel to make a significant impact on reducing diesel emissions from commercial vehicles. We have demonstrated how ULEMCo technology can be applied to many different vehicles, with practical and measurable benefits.”

Liverpool-based low emission vehicle specialist ULEMCo has worked on a number of projects involving hydrogen vehicles, including working with waste management firm Grundon to deliver a hydrogen-diesel dual-fuel waste collection vehicle (see story).

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