1st February 2017 – Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company championing the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen fuelled vehicles, has been awarded Government funding to trial a range of vehicles with hydrogen dual-fuel technology. The funding is worth over £1.3million, and will see large vans and trucks running on hydrogen dual-fuel. The overall aim of the £20million programme announced by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) recently, is to cut emissions and improve air quality through use of cleaner fuel and electric vehicles.
ULEMCo is one of a small number of firms that set out plans for innovative ways to deploy low and ultra-low emission vehicles. The freight industry accounts for about 30% of the UK’s CO2 transport emissions, and the money will help fleets get their new vehicles on the roads from mid 2017 onwards.
Collaborating with Lead Partner ULEMCo on the project are: Westminster City Council, Veolia, London Fire Brigade, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Commercial and Ocado. Aberdeen City Council has a plan to convert a range of their vehicles to dual fuel hydrogen: refuse trucks, HGV road sweepers and delivery vans. The project will demonstrate both the emission reduction potential of hydrogen replacing diesel, as well as the practical advantages of dual fuel operation.
Announcing the innovative project funding at the Sustainable Road Transport Conference in London, Transport Minister John Hayes said: “It is fantastic that ULEMCo is willing to explore low and zero emission technologies, which will help improve air quality and reduce pollution in towns and cities. This is yet another important significant step towards this government’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from transport to help tackle climate change. We are already making headway through our investment in low emission vehicles, greener public transport and walking and cycling, as well as grants for innovative advanced biofuels projects.”
“We are delighted to receive another vote of confidence in hydrogen dual fuel vehicles and their potential to deliver cleaner air for our towns and cities”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo. “There is good synergy with this project and the work we are leading to investigate adoption of mass market hydrogen commercial vehicles for China. In particular the diversity of application and partners in this project will really help to show how hydrogen dual fuel can become a practical solution for a wide range of fleet operations.”
The latest funding from the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial Fund is being delivered by OLEV and Innovate UK, with the aim of demonstrating new technologies, and to encourage the widespread introduction of low and zero emission vehicles to UK fleets.
Paul Turner, Technical Director of ULEMCo, will be presenting the company’s work at the Hydrogen Transport Technology Conference in Nottingham today.
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At the company:
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.
About Aberdeen City Council
Aberdeen City Council is arguably the UK’s leading public sector organisation for leadership in implementing hydrogen technologies. They have invested in two refuelling stations, of which one is the largest in regular use across Europe (over 250kg a day), a bus fleet of 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses, as well as Transit vans with H2ICED®, Symbio EV with Fuel Cell Range extension and a number of FCEV passenger cars. The last have also been deployed with the City Car club operators and with other local businesses, in order help create awareness and hands on experience for drivers with the new technology. They recently won the overall award for championing low carbon vehicles at LCV2016, reflecting their best practice, investment and commitment to furthering the use of hydrogen transport.
About London Fire Brigade
London Fire Brigade is the busiest firefighting and rescue organisation in the UK, and one of the largest in the world, operating within the 1595 square kilometres of Greater London, with a fleet of some 500 vehicles. In 2015/16 just over 171,000 emergency (999) calls were handled and almost 100,000 incidents attended. These included 20,000 fires, 30,000 special services and over 48,000 false alarms. The Brigade has been actively working to adopt new technology to support its carbon reduction targets of 45% reduction by 2020 against a 1990 baseline, alongside measures that reduce the impacts of our fleet on air quality. Most recently they replaced their fleet of 57 pool cars with electric range extender and hybrid vehicles.
About Ocado Group
Ocado was established in the UK over 15 years ago, and listed on the London Stock Exchange in July 2010. It is the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer with over 500,000 active customers. Its objective is to provide customers with the best shopping experience in terms of service, range and price, which builds a strong business and delivers long-term value for shareholders. Environmental performance is very important to Ocado and from the beginning, Ocado has been passionate about minimising environmental impact.
About Wiles Greenworld
Wiles Greenworld is one of the UK’s leading distributors of office supplies. They also deliver design supplies, printing, IT systems, consumables and accessories, catering and cleaning products, furniture, and they do so in a manner ‘that will not cost the earth’ in every sense. Their approach is to offer a complete business solution by focusing not just on customers and their needs, but by reducing costs, whilst also ensuring that they do so in the most sustainable and ethical way possible. As part of their commitment to sustainability, they have met the new requirements of the internationally recognised standard for environmental management – ISO 14001: 2015.
About Yorkshire Ambulance Service
Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) serves the five million people of Yorkshire with an Accident and Emergency and Patient Transport Service (PTS) fleet of over 1,200 vehicles, which travel over 31 million miles per year. The hydrogen dual-fuel technology will be trialled on a non-emergency PTS vehicle. All YAS’s vehicles travel between 20,000 and 25,000 miles per year and cover an average of 100 to 150 miles per day. With annual increases in demand, the service is aware of the need to use cleaner fuels to reduce the impact of its fleet on the environment.
About Westminster City Council
Located in London’s busiest area, Westminster has some of the UK’s worst pollution levels and the City Council is committed to improving local air quality. Under their Greener City Action plan, the Council promotes clean air through its planning policy and sustainable infrastructure, is pioneering a Low Emission Neighbourhood in Marylebone, and works with businesses, land owners and residents to increase awareness and reduce their environmental impact. The council supports the Mayor’s plans for the ULEZ and has schemes to increase sustainable transport which includes low emission vehicles, cycling and walking.
As the UK leader in environmental solutions, Veolia provides a comprehensive range of waste, water and energy management services designed to build the circular economy and preserve scarce raw materials. Around the globe, Veolia helps cities and industries to manage, optimise and make the most of their resources. The company provides an array of solutions related to water, energy and materials – with a focus on waste recovery – to promote the transition toward a circular economy. Veolia’s 174,000 employees are tasked with contributing directly to the sustainability performance of customers in the public and private sectors, allowing them to pursue development while protecting the environment. The company designs and deploys specialist solutions to provide, protect and replenish resources while increasing their efficiency from an environmental, economic and social standpoint.