How Rubbish Becomes Hydrogen Mobility in Wuppertal

By March 8, 2020 3   min read  (384 words)

March 8, 2020 |

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AWG, WSW and the waste management association EKOCity initiated the “Power-to-Gas” project for hydrogen production at the MHKW Wuppertal.

“H2W – Hydrogen for Wuppertal”

AWG HYDROGEN MOBILITYAn important pillar of the project is the construction of a hydrogen filling station for regular fuel cell buses directly at the waste incineration plant (MHKW) at Korzert.

The highlight of the Wuppertal hydrogen model

The electricity generated during the thermal treatment of residual waste in a modern waste-to-energy plant is used for the production of hydrogen. City buses and refuse collection vehicles can run almost emission-free using fuel cells – even in the demanding Wuppertal topography. The motto is: Garbage makes you mobile. In addition, less diesel consumption means less nitrogen oxide emissions and thus better air in Wuppertal.

At the beginning of 2020, fuel cell regular buses of the WSW are to be filled at the waste-to-energy plant (MHKW). The daily hydrogen requirement for the regular buses specified by WSW Mobil GmbH is 325 kilograms. Because the waste-to-energy plant provides electricity around the clock and 365 days a year, the AWG can safely meet these requirements. The plant can be expanded up to three times its size within three years.

The AWG plans to put a hydrogen-powered and therefore low-emission garbage truck on the road as soon as possible. Last year (2019), the AWG collected data during normal operation in order to have correspondingly powerful fuel cells installed in an AWG garbage truck.

In early summer 2019, a test vehicle from the vehicle manufacturer FAUN together with the AWG crew participated in the normal daily routine of garbage collection and collected the Wuppertal-specific data: How often does the garbage truck stop so that the garbage cans can be loaded and emptied? How many kilometers does he cover on which tour in what time and, above all, what differences in altitude are there to be mastered?

This year, WSW and AWG won the Stadtwerke Award 2019 from the Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) with their joint hydrogen project.

READ MORE: Germany: Wuppertal Awarded “Gold” for its Hydrogen Project

In the competition “Model Region Hydrogen Mobility NRW”, which was launched by the state government in September 2018, the Düsseldorf / Wuppertal / Rhein-Kreis Neuss region made it into the round of the last three applicants.

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