PowerCell Sweden AB will participate in an EU project that will develop and operate a fuel cell refuse truck for Renova AB, western Sweden’s leading environmental enterprise within recycling and waste management. Renova’s end customer is the city of Gothenburg, which wants to increase testing of this type of trucks. The vehicle and its operation will be partly funded by the EU project REVIVE (Refuse Vehicle Innovation and Validation in Europe), which has the goal to accelerate the development of hydrogen refuse trucks in Europe.
Both PowerCell and Renova have recently been approved as project partners in the project REVIVE, which will partly fund the fuel cell integration and operation of the new refuse truck. This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), which has support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research.
“Over the years, the FCH JU has supported the development of fuel cell components for transport applications. We are glad to see these efforts coming to fruition and another European stack supplier joining the REVIVE project with its innovative products for heavy-duty applications,” said Bart Biebuyck, FCH JU Executive Director.
The project spans over four years and supports the introduction of fuel cell refuse trucks in several cities across Europe. The overall aim of the project is to speed up the introduction of zero emissions solutions for refuse trucks. These vehicles operate on fixed routes and return to their starting point at the end of each shift, which eliminates the requirement for an extensive network of hydrogen filling stations and makes the vehicles ideal for testing fuel cell technology.
This is the second fuel cell powered refuse truck in the Renova vehicle fleet. “We are strong believers in refuse trucks using fuel cells and hydrogen which have obvious benefits when it comes to driving range and payload capacity,” commented Hans Zackrisson, Head of Development at Renova.
For the city of Gothenburg, the vehicle is meaningful as well. “Gothenburg wants to take the lead in the introduction of new and more sustainable technologies, and the collaboration with Renova provides us with a great opportunity to test fuel cell and hydrogen based zero emission solutions under real circumstances,” explained Peter Årnes, Strategist for the Gothenburg Department for Sustainable Waste and Water.
“It’s obviously very pleasing that both the City of Gothenburg and a local company like Renova want to contribute to the introduction of more sustainable vehicles for waste handling,” added Andreas Bodén, Director of Sales at PowerCell.