Fife Council to use hydrogen powered waste vehicles

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The council has used grant money to purchase low-emission waste collection vehicles

Fife Council is now in possession of two hydrogen and diesel powered waste collection vehicles, as part of the new Levenmouth Community Energy Project (LCEP) that aims to see Fife becoming a global leader in the municipal use of hydrogen powered vehicles.

The two dual-fuelled vehicles operate using an engine manifold which combines the two fuels, hydrogen and diesel, to power the waste vehicles. The hydrogen is stored in tanks underneath the Mercedes wagons, which weigh 26 tonnes and have been transformed into the dual-fuelled vehicles by ULEMCo, a Merseyside-based low-emission vehicle specialist.

Fife council invests in two dual-fuelled waste vehicles

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The technology was developed by Revolve Technologies, which also designed a system for the new waste collection vehicles which makes them much quieter than conventional waste vehicles and significantly more fuel efficient, resulting in a lower carbon-emission output.

Levenmouth Community Energy Project (LCEP) has received £4.3million funding from the Scottish Government Local Energy Fund. The money has also been used to purchase 10 dual-fuelled Renault HyKangoo vans and five Ford Transit vans, and to install hydrogen fuel points at two locations in Fife.

Councillor Lesley Laird, a Fife Council executive spokesperson for economy and planning, commented: “Fife is leading the way in clean energy. We envisage Levenmouth Community Energy Partnership becoming home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles.”

Fife Council is the first local authority across the world to have invested in hydrogen powered waste collection vehicles; a giant step in its attempt to become a global leader in the use of low-emission vehicles.

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