This ground breaking new technology has converted two Heil Farid bin lorries to run on hydrogen and diesel. These are the latest additions to what will soon be one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen powered vehicles.
Cllr Lesley Laird, Depute Leader and Executive Spokesperson for Economy and Planning said: “Fife’s leading the way in clean energy; we believe these two bin lorries are the first of their kind in the world.
“We envisage Levenmouth Community Energy Project will become home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel and electric fuel cell vehicles. I want to thank the partnership for all their hard work bringing this innovative project to life.”
Last year, The Scottish Government, through their Local Energy Challenge Fund, recognised the importance of this project by awarding it £4 million.
Local Energy Scotland's Challenge Fund Project Manager, Laura Campbell said: “We’re delighted that the support from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund has been the keystone to this innovative and ambitious project.
“We look forward to the updates on how the technology performs and hope that others will look to this as inspiration for their own low carbon technology projects.”
Fife’s bin lorries work most often in densely populated urban areas, so improving air quality is a major concern for us. These new bin lorries will deliver reduced carbon emissions as well as improving air quality for the local community.
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, Bright Green Hydrogen and Toshiba welcomed the news. George Archibald, Chief Executive at Bright Green Hydrogen said: “We’re delighted that these ‘world first’ vehicles are able to form part of the fleet for the Levenmouth Community Energy Project.
“The vehicle fleet is a key aspect of the wider project, showcasing how renewable electricity can be stored and used to decarbonise other energy sectors.”
Stephen Stead, New Energy Project, Sales and Business Development Director, at Toshiba, said: “We’re pleased to be part of this innovative project. Toshiba believes hydrogen is a vital component to tackling energy storage and low carbon transport.”
As well as the two bin lorries Fife’s hydrogen fleet will also include:
* 5 Ford Transit Vans: Dual fuel Diesel and Hydrogen.
* 10 Renault HyKangoo Vans: Hybrid Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell.
There will be hydrogen refueling points at both the Hydrogen Office, Methil and at the Council’s depot at Bankhead, Glenrothes.