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Friday Fallback Story: First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Electric Garbage Truck in Operation in Mainz Germany

By November 11, 2021 3   min read  (407 words)

November 11, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, Friday Fallback Story: First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Electric Garbage Truck in Operation in Mainz

Waste disposal company relies on hydrogen and electricity for mobility

In front of the Osteiner Hof on August 11th, Lord Mayor Michael Ebling, Michael Potthast (Plant Manager Waste Management), Markus Dautermann (Management COO Zöller-Kipper GmbH), Thomas Lippardt (Zöller-Kipper GmbH / Product Management Waste Collection Vehicles) and Manuel Schmitt (Branch Manager Zöller- Kipper GmbH) presented the new hydrogen vehicle of the disposal company of the city of Mainz.

With the purchase of two refuse collection vehicles with fuel cell technology, the city of Mainz is sending a clear sign of a CO 2 low-carbon and sustainable future. Traffic causes a high proportion of climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions, which has even increased in recent years, said Mayor Ebling. “It is important to counteract this emphatically.”

For commercial vehicles such as the waste collection vehicles of the disposal company, which cover long distances in daily work, press the waste and need quick refueling, the fuel cell technology is therefore the solution.
Alongside Berlin, Freiburg, Reutlingen, Bielefeld and Bochum, Mainz is one of the first cities in Germany to use electrically powered refuse collection vehicles with fuel cells. The use of further fuel cell vehicles for waste collection is already planned. Mainz will become an important pioneer in Rhineland-Palatinate, which will hopefully be followed by many other municipalities.

The advantage of this technology is that these vehicles use a smaller and therefore lighter battery. This does not affect the payload. If the battery’s state of charge drops, the fuel cell supplies the electricity it needs. After the end of the disposal trip, the vehicle batteries are recharged on the EB factory premises with electricity from the company’s own solar system.

The hydrogen vehicles are funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of 90% of the additional costs compared to a vehicle with a conventional drive within the framework of the Electromobility Funding Guideline. The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

The master plan manager for climate protection, Dirk Lorig from the Green and Environment Agency, played a key role in the implementation of the funding projects.

Technical specifications:

  • Drive power electric motor: 280 kW
  • 1 storage battery: 85 kWh (nickel-manganese-cobalt accumulator)
  • 1 fuel cell: 30 kW
  • Capacity of the 2 hydrogen tanks: 16.8 kg
  • Refueling time H 2 : 7-15 minutes
  • Range approx. 400 km
  • CO 2 savings: 20 tons per year
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