Homes in Cheshire, UK will see their rubbish collected by hydrogen-powered garbage trucks in the future thanks to a partnership between Cheshire East Council and Storengy UK.
The Council and French company have joined forces and secured funding towards a £1m scheme to convert bin wagons to hydrogen.
Comprised of both public and private sector money – with a £345,000 contribution from the local enterprise partnership’s Local Growth Fund, the scheme will see the first green hydrogen fuelling facility in the North West of England, bringing carbon and air quality benefits to Cheshire East.
Installed at the Ansa environmental services depot in Middlewich, the facility is proposed to produce hydrogen in the greenest way possible – using an electrolyser connected to solar panels and grey-water recycling.
This will provide safe, clean hydrogen fuel, which will be pumped into dual-fuel bin wagons.
Initially, two bin wagons owned by the council and one vehicle owned by Storengy will be converted to use the green hydrogen.
This will reduce the council’s and Storengy’s diesel use by more than 10,000 litres per year.
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Regeneration, said, “Hydrogen is ideal as an alternative to diesel for our refuse vehicles.”
“These wagons have heavy schedules when delivering their services across the borough and this type of refuelling will ensure they have the cleaner power they need when emptying our residents’ bins.”