A garbage truck will run on hydrogen in the Arnhem-Nijmegen region. The hydrogen truck is a result of HECTOR: a collaboration project of 7 European cities, including the municipality of Arnhem. SUEZ, specialist in waste and raw material management, and Arnhem Nijmegen University (HAN) are also participating in this project.
The HECTOR project invests in the development, use and monitoring of hydrogen garbage trucks. A total of 7 garbage trucks will run on hydrogen, in 7 cities, in 5 EU countries. One of the cities is Arnhem. A hydrogen filling station will also be installed in Arnhem. The aim of the project is to demonstrate that hydrogen-powered garbage trucks are an effective solution for reducing emissions in European road transport.
The project is funded by the Interreg North West Europe program. SUEZ facilitates the hydrogen wagon and, with this, takes care of the collection of household waste for the municipality of Arnhem. The project runs from January 2019 up to and including January 2023. Monitoring is part of the project and is carried out by the Automotive Department, Arnhem Nijmegen University. The new car is now in production. The car is expected to start driving in the 2nd quarter of 2020. Sustainable mobility in the Arnhem-Nijmegen Region is given a boost with the pilot. In the EU network ‘HyER’, of which the Arnhem-Nijmegen Region is a member, the experiences are spread further in Europe.
Fighting together for sustainability
SUEZ is constantly developing and promoting sustainable initiatives. Iwan te Winkel, director of Fleet & Logistics, is therefore proud of the project. “Making sustainability more sustainable is taking steps, but we are well on our way. By working together and daring to take steps together with partners such as the municipality of Arnhem, we get where we want to be. Collaboration and co-creation are very important in our vision and strategy. Together we can innovate much faster than alone. The partnership with the municipality of Arnhem is a good example of this; we strive for a circular economy, they have to do with sustainable objectives. Together we work concretely on sustainable and clean transport. ”
The municipality of Arnhem is pleased with the arrival of a garbage truck powered by hydrogen. “Here in Arnhem we are fully engaged in measures for a cleaner and more livable climate. In addition, the knowledge and skills in the field of hydrogen are abundant in Arnhem. The arrival of this garbage truck powered by hydrogen proves that Arnhem can rightly call itself a leader in the energy transition, “says Cathelijne Bouwkamp, Alderman for Climate and Energy.