Project Marks a Number of Industry ‘Firsts’
6th September 2017 – Liverpool, UK – ULEMCo, the company leading the use of ultra-low emission hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles in the UK, has just completed the first hydrogen fuel conversion for a UK commercial waste company. Oxfordshire-based Grundon Waste Management selected ULEMCo to carry out the hydrogen diesel dual-fuel conversion for one of its waste disposal trucks.
ULEMCo has previously retro-fitted a number of lorries and vans in the public sector, but this is the first private sector contract. The project also represents the first such conversion of a DAF vehicle, and signals the way towards use of hydrogen as a practical alternative to reduce emissions in a wide range of vehicle makes.
This project featured a new modular approach to conversion by ULEMCo. It deployed a 10kg hydrogen unit on the side of the lorry, and this approach will enable the company to reduce the costs of converting other vehicle types.
Grundon is an ideal customer for this technology as the company has a strategic commitment to carbon neutrality, and a practical exploration of the benefits that hydrogen – particularly when produced from waste processes – will give them within the circular economy.
Earlier this year, Grundon committed to reducing all greenhouse gas emissions from its vehicles to net zero by extending its highly successful CarbonNeutral® fleet certification programme for a fourth consecutive year. The certification means that every mile travelled by Grundon lorries and cars is officially carbon neutral. This helps customers reduce their own carbon footprint, and is further enhanced through the adoption of the hydrogen diesel dual-fuel conversion.
“This DAF conversion represents several ‘firsts’ for hydrogen fuel, and moves ULEMCo onto the next stage of being able to convert large numbers of different vehicle types cost effectively”, said Amanda Lyne, CEO of ULEMCo.
“We are highly impressed by the potential of hydrogen dual-fuel to reduce our carbon footprint as well as reducing costs in the future”, said Grundon’s Group Logistics Manager, John Stephens. “The synergy of combining the use of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles with the potential production of hydrogen from waste treatment processes makes it especially compelling.”
ULEMCo will be exhibiting at Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2017 at Millbrook in Bedfordshire.
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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 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 Grundon Waste Management
Grundon is the UK’s largest family-owned provider of waste management and environmental solutions. Operating from depots across the south of England, they work with customers to help minimise the financial and environmental impacts of their waste.
Founded in 1929, Grundon provides waste management services for the reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery and disposal of waste, delivered via a combination of specialist services, contract management and the operation of its facilities. The ‘total waste management service’ includes the collection, treatment, recovery, recycling and disposal of non-hazardous waste streams, in addition to dealing with all aspects of hazardous and contaminated waste, including clinical and healthcare waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). It also provides special event waste management and industrial cleaning services.
Grundon owns and operates a fleet of almost 500 varied and purpose built collection vehicles, in addition to a range of industry leading, state-of-the-art treatment facilities.