LCV 2015 – Stand c2-15
9th September 2015 – Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company championing the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen fueled vehicles, is pleased to announce that they are on target to complete the dual fuel conversions of the Refuse Collection Vehicles (RCVs) and associated vans, under the recently announced Levenmouth Community Energy Project. The RCV conversions, which are believed to be the first of their type in the world, will be used by Fife Council as key partners in the project, to perform normal refuse collection duties, and extend the practical use of hydrogen as an alternative transport fuel.
Initially, the work involves converting two RCVs and five Ford Transits, with further vehicles expected to be converted as part of the initiative next year. By replacing significant quantities of diesel in the vehicle’s refuse collection duty cycle with very low carbon hydrogen made locally in Levenmouth, the cost of diesel fuel is expected to reduce. Dramatic savings in carbon dioxide emissions are also expected, and the vehicles will provide evidence of the opportunity for delivering improved local air quality in urban areas.
ULEMCo has experience of converting light commercial vehicles to hydrogen fuel, but this is the first project involving HGV chassis. Executives at the company are excited that the benefits of hydrogen fuel are being recognized in this very practical ‘real life’ application, where significant user experience will be gained by the operators, to understand the breadth of opportunity for hydrogen fuel.
“It’s great to see the expansion of hydrogen refuelling capability in the UK”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “Particularly so as this site is part of a community effort linked to renewables – saving significant levels of CO2 in a diverse range of practical applications. We believe that for these types of vehicle there are few options available today to dramatically address improved emissions, and look forward to delivering these conversions to the project partners.”
In addition to Fife Council, The Levenmouth Project consortium partners includes Toshiba, and Bright Green Hydrogen, who have made comment earlier in the year about the importance of these additional vehicle types. George Archibald, Chief Executive of Bright Green Hydrogen has said: “As part of the partners’ vision for the project, Levenmouth will become home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles and this includes the refuse collection vehicles.”
This Scottish region is positioning itself as a global leader in clean energy, and is developing the Hydrogen Office in Methil into a world-class demonstrator of hydrogen applications generated from renewable sources. Hydrogen refueling for the latest vehicles will be installed at both the Hydrogen Office and the Fife Council vehicle depot at Bankhead in Glenrothes. Earlier this year, the Project received a £4 million funding package from the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund.
ULEMCo will be at the Low Carbon Vehicle 2015 event at Millbrook this week at Stand c2-15, and welcomes visitors to discuss hydrogen fuel projects.
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ULEMCo Ltd is based in Liverpool, UK and was founded in 2014 as a spin out of Revolve Technologies, to commercialise intellectual property and capability in hydrogen combustion engine technology. The company retrofits vehicles, starting with diesel Ford Transit vans to enable them to run on commercially available hydrogen. The technology allows vehicle fleet managers to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to ultra-low levels.
Commercial fleets across the UK will benefit from a reduced carbon foot print while still having the full range capability of standard diesel vehicles. Alongside various partners, ULEMCo already supports a fleet of 20 vehicles across a range of hydrogen hubs in the UK. The company is targeting commercial fleet retrofits to grow the market significantly over the next 18 months, and then expand into other vehicle types over the longer term. Its growth plans include creating a hydrogen re-fuelling network, to capitalise on the existing local infrastructure for this ‘green’ fuel.