Fife takes delivery of ‘world first’ diesel-hydrogen RCVs

Fife Council has become the first British local authority to use dual-fuel bin lorries after taking delivery of two converted vehicles.

Liverpool-based hydrogen technology engineer ULEMCo has carried out the conversion of two of the council’s Heil Faird refuse collection vehicles, which can now run on both hydrogen and diesel fuels. The lorries will be able to switch from diesel to hydrogen when operating in densely-populated urban areas of the Scottish county, where the council says that improving air quality is a specific concern.

The work is part of a project that will also see the conversion of 15 of Fife Council’s fleet of vans to include hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell operation.

Fife is the home of the Levenmouth Community Energy Project (LCEP), a collaborative initiative led by Bright Green Hydrogen and supported by a number of partners including Fife Council and Toshiba. It aims to develop the world’s ‘foremost demonstrator of innovative applications of hydrogen derived from renewable sources’. Last year, the Scottish Government awarded the project £4.3 million from its Local Energy Challenge Fund.

There will be hydrogen refuelling points at both the Hydrogen Office at the LCEP in Methil and at the council’s depot at Bankhead, Glenrothes.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s 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.”

Amanda Lyne, Managing Director of ULEMCo, 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.”