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ULEMCo, JCB and Bucher develop hydrogen-powered road sweeper

ULEMCo, JCB and Bucher develop hydrogen-powered road sweeper

ULEMCo, JCB and Bucher Municipal have joined forces to develop a new hydrogen-powered road sweeper for the Aberdeen City Council.

With a goal to demonstrate the ability to use hydrogen fuel in both the primary engine and the auxiliary engine powering the ancillary equipment, UK-based hydrogen fuel specialist ULEMCo converted a Bucher Municipal road sweeper to operate on dual fuel.

As the part of the conversion, ULEMCo transformed a Bucher Municipal road sweeper, incorporating 6.6kg of on board hydrogen storage capacity that enables a second engine, provided by JCB, to power the sweepers brushes etc. using hydrogen fuel.

The project marks the third hydrogen road sweeper to be deployed in Aberdeen, facilitated by the Council in partnership between JCB, Bucher and ULEMCo.

Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo, said, “This project is a powerful example of how companies can work together to deliver solutions that are available now, to help mitigate climate change through the use of hydrogen.”

“It provides an immediate solution for significant carbon emission reduction in this type of heavy-duty vehicle application that would be unaffordable or impractical with other low carbon technologies. We were really pleased to have the opportunity to work with both Bucher and JCB to deliver an improved product for ACC’s fleet team.”

Daniel Jackson, OEM Engine Sales and Applications Manager at JCB Power Systems, said, “The significance of hydrogen fuel as an important alternative to carbon-based fuels is increasingly clear. We are delighted to support this initiative which will make an immediate contribution to improving air quality in Glasgow.”

Graham Howlett, UK General Manager at Bucher Municipal, added, “Deploying dual fuel conversions in ‘back to base’ utility vehicle applications like this allows us to offer our customers around the globe an immediate and highly practical option to reducing their emissions.”


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