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Hydrogen fuel pioneer ULEMCo is working with Keenan Recycling on a hydrogen dual-fuel truck using HVO rather than diesel.

It said the waste collection vehicle offered best in class environmental sustainability by combining the use of hydrogen to reduce tailpipe emissions with the “drop in” renewable fuel.

The conversion shows that hydrogen dual-fuel can work equally well with diesel or HVO, giving the opportunity to address both direct tailpipe CO2 emission reduction from the hydrogen (typically 30%), along with the use of a sustainable fuel that can avoid up to 90% of net CO2 emissions.

HVO, which is produced from waste material such as recycled vegetable oil, can be sustainable if it is produced from a waste-derived feedstock that does not contribute to deforestation.

The waste truck will go into operation at the end of this month in Aberdeen where there is an existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure supplied by electrolytic production.

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ULEMCo said this provided a great location for operators like Keenan to access a reliable source of green hydrogen and roll out scaled fleet-wide conversions.

ULEMCo MD Amanda Lyne, said: “Hydrogen is recognised as an important part of the solution to decarbonise the UK economy in the transport and construction sectors where electrification is difficult to achieve.

“We are looking forward to seeing yet another customer make use of hydrogen in a real-world application, and actually save significant carbon emissions now.”

Added Keenan Recycling MD Grant Keenan: “We believe this is the first HVO / hydrogen dual-fuel truck operating in the UK.

“Following the Aberdeen trial, we plan to include hydrogen increasingly in our transport road map.”