A range too good to refuse: Further refuse trucks to be hydrogen-enabled

A range too good to refuse: Further refuse trucks to be hydrogen-enabled

Bavaria-based Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH has received a new order from E-Trucks Europe for a further five fuel cell systems to equip refuse collection trucks.

Refuse vehicle innovation is a trending topic in clean mobility today, the latest strand of the transport sector to target clean energy solutions and in the process, providing a new angle on the sustainable waste movement.

The EU funding project REVIVE (Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe) is targeting the construction and commissioning of 15 commercial vehicles for refuse collection in Europe, with tenders running from 2018 to 2021.

The drive for these refuse collection trucks is 100% electric, which makes them quiet and does not emit any greenhouse gases or harmful particulate matter. To increase the range, the vehicles will be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system that converts hydrogen into electricity.

As a member of the consortium to which the REVIVE project has been allocated, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH is required to supply a total of 14 fuel cell systems for the equipment of refuse collection vehicles.

Utilisation of these vehicles is envisaged in eight regions or municipalities such as Breda, Helmond, Amsterdam, Groningen and Roosendaal in the Netherlands, to Antwerp in Belgium and Bolzano or Merano in South Tyrol (Italy).

As part of this, Dutch-Belgian company E-Trucks Europe has ordered five HyRange® hydrogen fuel cell systems from Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, a market leader for hydrogen fuel cells and electric hybrid systems with a carbon-free footprint. E-Trucks Europe is itself a specialist in the construction of electric-hydrogen hybrid commercial vehicles.

Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH

The successful delivery of an initial order at the beginning of 2020 was preceded by the first HyRange®-45-solution of the Bavarian technology provider for range extension. Its integration into a vehicle is currently being implemented by E-Trucks Europe.

This is the second development concerning the overhaul of refuse or garbage collection vehicles this month, with H2 View reporting earlier in January that a hydrogen-powered garbage truck is being demonstrated in Cologne, Germany in a bid to show the advantages of zero emission and low noise waste collection.

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