PowerCell Sweden has joined an EU project that will develop and operate a hydrogen-powered refuse truck for western Sweden’s leading environmental enterprise within recycling and waste management, Renova.
Once completed, the truck will be deployed on roads in Swedish city Gothenburg, an area that wants to increase testing of fuel cell-powered refuse trucks.
The truck and its operation will be partly funded by the EU project REVIVE (Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe), which has an objective to accelerate the development of hydrogen-fuelled refuse trucks in Europe.
Both PowerCell and Renova have been approved as project partners in REVIVE, which has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking.
Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director, said, “Over the years, the FCH JU has supported the development of fuel cell components for transport applications. We are glad to see these efforts coming to fruition and another European stack supplier joining the REVIVE project with its innovative products for heavy-duty applications.”
Spanning more than four years, REVIVE will introduce fuel cell refuse trucks in several cities across Europe, with the overall aim to speed up the introduction of zero emissions solutions for refuse trucks.
Refuse trucks operate on fixed routes and return to their starting point at the end of each shift, which eliminates the requirement for an extensive network of hydrogen filling stations and makes the vehicles ideal for testing fuel cell technology.
REVIVE represents the second fuel cell powered refuse truck in the Renova vehicle fleet.
“We are strong believers in electric refuse trucks using fuel cells and hydrogen which have obvious benefits when it comes to driving range and payload capacity, two decisive factors for extensive electrification to happen,” said Hans Zackrisson, Head of Development at Renova.