First hydrogen-powered garbage trucks now operating in Antwerp

The city of Antwerp has commissioned two hydrogen-powered household waste trucks. The new trucks are equipped with a battery-powered electric motor and a fuel cell and do not emit any CO2.

"This first for Flanders comes with the support of the European REVIVE project and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership," city maintenance alderman Els van Doesburg explained on Wednesday. "The first vehicle was tested last month, and the second vehicle is now being put into service." As part of the European REVIVE project, a total of 14 household waste vehicles, partly powered by hydrogen, are being tested in several European cities.

Household waste vehicles have a significant impact on a city's emissions. However, making the trucks fully electric is difficult due to the required capacity and the high weight of the battery itself. As an interim solution, they are now using a system with an electric drive system, supplemented by a fuel cell and hydrogen tanks.





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