Ulemco and Aberdeen City Council put hydrogen-powered sweeper on the road

Hydrogen fuel technology specialist Ulemco has collaborated with Aberdeen City Council (ACC) to deliver what it claims is the world’s first hydrogen dual fuel road sweeper.

The vehicles will use hydrogen fuel for around a third of the energy used to drive and operate the vehicles, as part of ACC’s strategy to cut the city’s carbon footprint.

The cleaner sweeper has been adapted by retrofitting a standard Euro-6 DAF truck to run on both diesel and hydrogen fuel.

Emission savings of around 30% are projected from the refitting of Ulemco technology onto the DAF truck.

ACC will be able to refuel the sweepers on a daily basis at the state of the art Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) hydrogen station, which makes hydrogen from renewable electricity.

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Amanda Lyne, CEO of Ulemco said: “This latest initiative further demonstrates the potential for hydrogen dual fuel to make a significant impact on reducing diesel emissions from commercial vehicles.

"We have demonstrated how Ulemco technology can be applied to many different vehicles, with practical and measurable benefits.”

Councillor Philip Bell, ACC’s hydrogen spokesman said: “The delivery of this vehicle is part of our hydrogen strategy to increase the deployment of hydrogen vehicles in Aberdeen City, and keeps us at the forefront of globally demonstrating the practicality and operational flexibility of hydrogen technologies, leading to future decarbonisation.

The work was delivered as part of  the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial which is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK.

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