A project which will deploy fuel cell garbage trucks across the North West Europe has launched. 

The HECTOR project – Hydrogen Waste Collection Vehicles in North West Europe – will deploy and test seven fuel cell garbage trucks.

The project, coordinated by the European association HyER (Hydrogen Fuel Cells and Electro-Mobility in European Regions), aims to demonstrate fuel cell garbage trucks as an effective solution to reduce road transport emissions in North West Europe.

The project is supported by a €5.5m grant from the INTERREG North West Europe programme.

The trucks will use existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. When possible, the pilot sites will use green hydrogen to fuel the trucks, maximising emissions reductions.

“The HECTOR project is a great opportunity for the pilot sites in the partnership to reduce the emissions coming from their fleet of waste collection vehicles,” said Barney Crockett, President of HyER and Lord Provost of Aberdeen.

“With these real-life demonstrations, the HECTOR project will hopefully lay the ground for larger scale deployment of fuel cell refuse collection trucks in Europe.”

“We hope that other cities will be able to directly benefit from the learnings of our project.”

The project will deploy seven garbage trucks in seven pilot sites in Aberdeen (Scotland), Groningen (Netherlands), Arnhem (Netherlands), Duisburg (Germany), Herten (Germany), Touraine Vallee de l’Indre (France) and Brussels (Belgium).

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