The hydrogen project
Bringing green hydrogen fuel to Cheshire East
We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and becoming a carbon neutral council by 2025.
This means significantly reducing the carbon in our energy and fuel use, including from our refuse collection vehicle fleet.
We are working with partners to pilot the single site production, storage and use of hydrogen for our refuse vehicles.
The hydrogen project will run for three years and is a partnership with Storengy UK – who are providing the technical expertise on hydrogen – and involving Ansa Environmental Services, who manage and deliver our waste collection services.
The project has been partially funded through the Local Growth Fund, (funding provided by the Department of Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy). This funding is administered by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
The hydrogen project – a summary
The purpose of the hydrogen project is not only to reduce carbon now, but also to get used to using hydrogen as a cleaner, greener fuel in the future. Moving to cleaner fuels such as hydrogen will also bring benefits locally through improved air quality – a priority in our corporate plan which is based on our vision to be an open, fair and green council.
Through this project we will also support the emerging hydrogen economy – which will provide jobs and growth for the future.
Hydrogen is suited to heavier and long-range vehicles, such as our refuse collection vehicles.Initially, we have converted two refuse vehicles to become hydrogen hybrid vehicles, meaning that once the hydrogen is used up, they can temporarily revert back to diesel until they can get back to base to be refuelled.
Storengy UK are also converting one of their small vans which will visit weekly for maintenance and refuelling.
The equipment required for the hydrogen project, which includes an electrolyser to make our own hydrogen and the first hydrogen refuelling station in the North West of England, will be placed at our Environmental Hub in Middlewich – a purpose-built, state-of-the art facility where Ansa manage the collection of the borough’s waste.
Detailed information on the hydrogen project
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