Waste firm Grundon has taken delivery of a DAF truck converted to run on hydrogen fuel by ULEMCo.

On display at today’s Cenex show at Millbrook Bedforshire, ULEMCo said while it had previously retro-fitted a number of trucks and vans in the public sector, this was its first private sector contract and first DAF.

The project featured a new modular approach to conversion, according to ULEMCo. It has fitted a 10kg hydrogen unit to the side of the truck, an approach it said would enable it to lower the cost of future conversions.

Earlier this year, Grundon committed to reducing all greenhouse gas emissions from its vehicles to net zero by extending its CarbonNeutral fleet certification programme for a fourth consecutive year.

The certification means that every mile travelled by Grundon lorries and cars is officially carbon neutral.

“We are highly impressed by the potential of hydrogen dual-fuel to reduce our carbon footprint as well as reducing costs in the future,” said Grundon’s group logistics manager, John Stephens.

“The synergy of combining the use of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles with the potential production of hydrogen from waste treatment processes makes it especially compelling.”