Hydrogen conversion produces quick wins for cities
The quickest and most capital-effective way to clean up emissions is to tackle existing vehicles.
That’s the view of ULEMCo Managing Director Amanda Lyne, who says that the Liverpool-based firm’s dual fuel hydrogen-diesel conversions are already delivering for their customers.
The dual-fuel conversion moves existing Euro VI vehicles to a new level, with improved emissions performance.
So far, the firm has converted 40 vehicles, and the result is lowering emissions from existing Euro VI diesels.
“It’s making ultra-low emission practical for commercial fleets,” says Amanda Lyne. “Our conversion technology enables vehicle owners to achieve their environmental targets without compromise to range or operational performance.”
On display at the Cenex show at Millbrook this week was a road sweeper for Aberdeen City Council - the third one to be retrofitted.
The simple conversion involves removing the auxiliary fuel tank for the ‘donkey’ engine and replacing it with a hydrogen tank. The result is a carbon footprint that’s reduced by up to 25%, with attendant improvements in air quality.
The roadsweeper was displayed as it shows the ease of packaging for the solution, on a vehicle with a high power requirement, that also has extremely limited under-chassis space, due to the equipment already in place for the road sweeping function.
Aberdeen already has a large hydrogen fuel project underway, with hydrogen-powered buses operated by Stagecoach and First, using hydrogen created in a plant that is powered by wind turbines.
Birmingham is expected to follow next year, and plans a hydrogen-powered bus fleet, as well as some of its council fleet.
A wide range of vehicles is being converted by ULEMCo with a HGV tractor unit on display, with vans and other light commercials also being highly suitable for the work.
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