Project Summary

The HECTOR projectHydrogen Waste Collection Vehicles in North West Europe – will deploy and test 7 fuel cell garbage trucks, in 7 pilot sites across the north west Europe area:

  • Aberdeen (Scotland),
  • Groningen (Netherlands),
  • Arnhem (Netherlands),
  • Duisburg (Germany),
  • Herten (Germany),
  • Touraine Vallee de l’Indre (France),
  • Brussels (Belgium).

The aim of the HECTOR Project is to demonstrate that fuel cell garbage trucks provide an effective solution to reduce emissions from road transport in the North West Europe area.

The 7 pilot sites will cover a wide range of operational contexts. While some of the trucks will be operated in city centres, others will be tested in rural areas. Some of the vehicles will collect municipal waste on a fixed schedule, other will collect industrial waste on a flexible schedule. The trucks deployed in the project will range from container trucks to front arm loading trucks, both left- and right-hand drive.

The project is aiming to test the vehicles in normal operating conditions. The trucks will use existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure and when possible, the pilot sites will use green hydrogen to fuel the trucks, thus maximising the emission reductions.


Why is the HECTOR Project needed ?

The effects of high levels of GHG emissions from the transport sector on health and quality of life are now widely recognised. Decarbonisation of road transport has therefore become a major topic for cities and regions, which are developing and implementing ambitious emission reduction policies.

Garbage trucks are directly procured by local authorities or waste management authorities; the public sector can therefore have
a direct influence on the purchase of these vehicles and the decarbonisation of garbage trucks fleets.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), using hydrogen as a fuel, are one of the solutions which enable a complete decarbonisation of
the transport system well to wheel. However, they remain a costly option and only a few zero emission garbage trucks have
been deployed and developed in Europe.


Expected results

The HECTOR project is designed to enable a smooth introduction of a zero-emission technology in conventional fuels fleets. It will therefore lay the grounds for upscaling and further deployment of fuel cell garbage trucks in these fleets in the near future. Each deployment site
will aim to continue the operation of the trucks after the end of the project and to gradually replace conventional fuel trucks by
fuel cell trucks.



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Press release : Launch of HECTOR Project

Posted on 29-04-2019

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Project Partners

  • Aberdeen City Council

    Marischal College Broad Street
    AB10 1AQ
    United Kingdom

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  • Municipality of Groningen

    1 Grote Markt
    9712 HN

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  • SUEZ recycling and recovery Netherlands

    10 Mr. E.N. van Kleffensstraat
    6842 CV

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  • Publicly owned venture of the municipality of Duisburg

    190 Schifferstraße

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    12 Avenue de Broqueville

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  • Touraine Vallee de l'Indre Municipalities

    6 Place Antoine de St Exupéry

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  • AGR Waste Management Services

    11 Im Emscherbruch

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  • HAN University of Applied Science

    29 Ruitenberglaan
    6826 CC

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  • Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions

    3 Avenue Palmerston

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Electro-mobility in European Regions Valentine Willmann 3 Avenue Palmerston
Name Contact Name Email Country
Aberdeen City Council Laura Paterson United Kingdom
Municipality of Groningen Jasper Tonen Netherlands
SUEZ recycling and recovery Netherlands Edwin Kramer Netherlands
Publicly owned venture of the municipality of Duisburg Mirco Wagner Germany
ARP-GAN Andre Dewilde Belgium
Touraine Vallee de l'Indre Municipalities Aurelie Michel France
AGR Waste Management Services Frank Aulkemeyer Germany
HAN University of Applied Science Bram Veenhuizen Netherlands



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