Hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks are slowly making their way to all parts of the world. They may not be as interesting and attractive as luxury electric cars, but their role in reducing CO2 emissions for future transportation is just as important.
An American hydrogen technology company has partnered with a Dutch company specializing in zero-emission waste collection technology to develop waste collection trucks that run on hydrogen. Hyzon’s hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle platforms will be equipped with Geesinknorba’s waste collection bodies, compaction mechanisms and elevators. These innovative garbage trucks will be just as efficient as diesel trucks, but will operate with zero emissions and zero noise.
“Sustainable waste collection can have a significant impact on decarbonizing communities and improving the quality of life in our residential neighborhoodsHyzon CEO Craig Knight said. Geesinknorba is the largest supplier of battery and fuel cell electric garbage trucks in Europe, with more than 7,500 vehicles operating in more than 30 countries. Hyzon, on the other hand, is known for its hydrogen capable trucks, which are efficient and rugged enough to meet the specific operational requirements of garbage collection vehicles.
These types of vehicles which use hydraulic compaction system and elevators work several hours each day, which is a demanding type of activity for electric trucks. But there is also an advantage: this activity allows a centralized refueling infrastructure, which greatly facilitates the operation of a fleet of hydrogen electric trucks.
The first customer for the Hyzon-Geesinknorba hydrogen fuel cell garbage trucks is the Barcelona government, as public bodies are usually the first to adopt sustainable technologies. Under a three-year contract, more than 300 trucks will be produced at Hyzon’s manufacturing plant in Groningen, the Netherlands, and at Geesinknorba’s plant in Emmeloord.