Aberdeen City Council has just taken delivery of the world’s first hydrogen road sweeper.
The vehicle, provided by ULEMCo, has been adapted to run on both diesel and hydrogen fuel, and is projected to have emission savings of around 30%.
It will utilise the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) refuelling station, which makes hydrogen from renewable electricity.
The sweepers are refuelled at the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) hydrogen station, which makes hydrogen from renewable electricity, on a daily basis. This is designed to ensure that use of dual fuel is maximised throughout the day.
Philip Bell, Aberdeen City Council’s hydrogen spokesperson, said: “The delivery of this vehicle is part of our strategy to increase the deployment of hydrogen vehicles across the city and keeps us at the forefront globally by demonstrating the practicality and operational flexibility of hydrogen technologies.
“Low carbon technology is already making an impact in Aberdeen and we are committed to continuing to push boundaries in the way we manage our own fleet.
“Our investment in low carbon is significant and is part of our wider transport strategy, with a focus on infrastructure which is changing the way traffic flows around the city. All of these advances are bringing great benefit to Aberdeen.”
Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo which provided the hydrogen technology, said “This latest initiative further demonstrates the potential for hydrogen dual fuel to make a significant impact on reducing diesel emissions from commercial vehicles”, she continued, “we have demonstrated how ULEMCo technology can be applied to many different vehicles, with practical and measurable benefits.”