It’s a first for Fife, as Levenmouth Community Energy Project takes delivery of the first two hydrogen powered vehicles in its fleet.
Greenfleet Scotland 2016 hosted the arrival of the two new vehicles for Fife: one Kangoo van and one Transit van.
Councillor Pat Callaghan, executive spokesperson for environment and transportation, said: “I’m delighted Fife is leading the way in clean energy. These two hydrogen vehicles are the first of many to come to Fife. We envisage Levenmouth will become home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles, including two bin lorries.”
Levenmouth Community Energy Project aims to position Fife as a global leader in clean energy. The Hydrogen Office in Methil will become a world-class demonstrator of hydrogen applications generated from renewable sources.
The partners behind Levenmouth Community Energy Project, which is led by Bright Green Hydrogen, welcomed the news. George Archibald, chief executive at Bright Green Hydrogen said: “The arrival of the first vehicles is a key milestone for the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.
“The hydrogen Kangoo will be one of a fleet of 10 that Bright Green Hydrogen will lease to local businesses. This will both generate income for the community and give local businesses the opportunity to experience hydrogen vehicles first-hand.
“We’re delighted to showcase their arrival at this year’s GreenFleet Scotland event."
The hydrogen fleet of vehicles will include:
- 5 Ford Transit Vans: Dual fuel Diesel and Hydrogen.
- 10 Renault HyKangoo Vans: Hybrid Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
- 2 Mercedes Econic 26 Tonne Refuse Collection Vehicle: Dual fuel Diesel and Hydrogen.
There will be hydrogen refueling points at both the Hydrogen Office, Methil and at the Council’s depot at Bankhead, Glenrothes.
Levenmouth Community Energy Project is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the area. It’s widely considered as a valuable demonstration of how hydrogen can address two of Scotland’s most significant energy challenges; low carbon transport and energy storage.
Stephen Stead, New Energy Project, sales and business development director, at Toshiba, commented: “This is a huge step forward for Levenmouth Community Energy Project. We’re pleased to be part of this forward-thinking project. It reflects the importance Toshiba places on hydrogen as a vital component of the future global energy mix.”