23rd May 2016 – Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company championing the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen fuelled vehicles, has delivered the world’s first hydrogen dual-fuel bin lorries to Fife Council in Scotland. The lorries are converted to run on dual hydrogen / diesel fuels, and will deliver reduced carbon emissions as well as improving air quality for the local community. The new bin lorries are planned for use in densely populated urban areas, where improving air quality is a huge concern.
Liverpool based ULEMCo, owner of the dual fuel technology, carried out the conversion on the bin lorries: two Heil Farid vehicles adapted to run on both hydrogen and diesel. The work is part of a project that will also see the conversion of five Ford Transit vans and ten Renault HyKangoo vans to Hybrid Electric and Hydrogen Fuel Cell operation.
Cllr Lesley Laird, Deputy Leader and Executive Spokesperson for Economy and Planning said: “Fife is leading the way in clean energy. We envisage Levenmouth Community Energy Partnership becoming home to one of Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen dual-fuel vehicles. I want to thank the partnership for all their hard work bringing this innovative project to life.”
Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo, the specialists in hydrogen vehicle engineering said: “This is a global first for hydrogen vehicles and a really great example of the innovative approach that is needed to deliver the low carbon and low emission vehicles of the future.”
Levenmouth Community Energy Project aims to position Fife as a global leader in clean energy. The Hydrogen Office in Methil will become a world-class demonstrator of hydrogen applications generated from renewable sources.
Last year, The Scottish Government recognised the importance of this project by awarding £4.3 million from their Local Energy Challenge Fund. There will be hydrogen refuelling points at both the Hydrogen Office, Methil and at the Council’s depot at Bankhead, Glenrothes.
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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.
Levenmouth Community Energy Project received £4million funding in March, 2015, under the Scottish Government’s Local Energy Challenge Fund. This Government scheme awarded a total of £20m to a number of projects in Scotland and it is a condition of award that expenditure on projects is completed by March, 2016.
Bright Green Hydrogen, in conjunction with Bright Green Business, and the Mid and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce (MELCC) is part of the wider company, The Business Partnership Ltd. Bright Green Hydrogen was, until April 2013, known as the Hydrogen Office Ltd.
The key project partners in the Levenmouth Community Energy Project are: Bright Green Hydrogen Ltd (lead partner), Fife Council and Toshiba. Six further project partners include: the Leven Valley Development Trust; Fife College; BOC (for hydrogen transport); Green Business Fife; Community Energy Scotland; and the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA), and ULEMCo.