The Netherlands – Two hydrogen fuel cell refuse trucks have begun operating in Groningen, the Netherlands, marking a significant milestone in the development of sustainable waste collection. These trucks are part of the REVIVE and HECTOR projects, which are co-funded by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership and Interreg Northwest Europe, respectively.
The hydrogen refuse trucks in Groningen are powered by Proton Motor fuel cell systems, which generate electricity from hydrogen through an electrochemical reaction. This electricity is then used to power the truck’s electric drivetrain. The trucks are also equipped with hydrogen refuelling stations that produce green hydrogen using onsite electrolysis with electricity from the nearby Woltjespoor solar park.
Sustainable waste management
The successful operation of these hydrogen refuse trucks could have a significant impact on the waste collection industry. Hydrogen fuel cell technology offers several advantages over traditional diesel-powered trucks, including zero tailpipe emissions, reduced noise pollution, and improved energy efficiency. As the technology continues to develop and mature, it is expected to play an increasingly important role in the transition to sustainable waste management.