Sweden’s first hydrogen-powered refuse truck has started work on the streets of the country’s second largest city, Gothenburg. The innovative vehicle is the result of 18 months of development by a consortium consisting of Scania, truck bodybuilder JOAB, fuel cell developer Powercell Sweden and the waste and recycling company Renova, which is owned by ten municipalities in western Sweden.
The truck, which will pick up recycled materials from city businesses, is better for city air and noise quality and driver comfort because it is completely silent and only emits clean water, the sole by-product of hydrogen fuel cell technology. In fact, the propulsion, loading and compaction of the waste all take place with the electricity which is produced in the fuel cells. The heat generated is then used to heat the cab.
The initiative is supported financially by a grant from the Swedish Energy Agency. The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is also engaged in the project working with data collection and analysis for comparison with other alternative drivelines and vehicle fuels.
“The hydrogen truck is another step for us and our customers towards sustainable recycling and waste management,” said Anders Åström, Renova’s CEO.
The Gothenburg project is also further proof of Scania’s commitment to driving the shift towards sustainable transport – on several different technological fronts. “It shows once again how important the work with sustainability is, but also the importance of working in groups; that we do it together with partners,” said Joar Turesson, Product Marketing Manager at Scania Sweden. “Now it will be interesting to follow the vehicle at the sharp end, as it operates in Gothenburg and the surrounding area.”