European Territorial Cooperation Programmes such as Interreg North-West Europe recognise the value of hydrogen and are strongly engaged in supporting projects that can contribute to releasing a new generation of technologies powered by sustainable hydrogen. Read More
The HECTOR project – Hydrogen 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.
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.
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.
Project meeting in Aberdeen -30th of September 2019
Posted on 30-09-2019
The project partners gathered on the the 30th of September in Aberdeen to present the progress of the work packages and the first results of the project. Since all partners have la... Read more
Project partner Touraine Vallée de l’Indre opens Hydrogen fuelling station
Posted on 24-09-2019
This Saturday the 21st of September 2019, our project partner Communauté de Communes Touraine Vallée de l’Indre opened their first Hydrogen refuelling station in Sorigny. The new s... Read more
Aberdeen City Council
Marischal College Broad Street
Municipality of Groningen
1 Grote Markt
SUEZ recycling and recovery Netherlands
10 Mr. E.N. van Kleffensstraat
Publicly owned venture of the municipality of Duisburg
12 Avenue de Broqueville
Touraine Vallee de l'Indre Municipalities
6 Place Antoine de St Exupéry
AGR Waste Management Services
11 Im Emscherbruch
HAN University of Applied Science
|Aberdeen City Council||Amy Perryemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Municipality of Groningen||Jasper Tonen||Jasper.firstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|SUEZ recycling and recovery Netherlands||Edwin Krameremail@example.com||Netherlands|
|Publicly owned venture of the municipality of Duisburg||Mirco Wagnerfirstname.lastname@example.org||Germany|
|Touraine Vallee de l'Indre Municipalities||Aurelie Michelemail@example.com||France|
|AGR Waste Management Services||Frank Aulkemeyer||Frank.Aulkemeyer@agr.de||Germany|
|HAN University of Applied Science||Bram Veenhuizenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
Click the following link to access more from the exciting launch event from 2nd December 2020 when WBD presented the first hydrogen powered waste vehicle in North West Europe. Read More
Find out the latest updates on the HECTOR project. Read More
Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg (WBD) in Duisburg launched the first hydrogen powered waste disposal vehicle. WBD is the first municipal company in Germany to use this type of vehicle. It is an important milestone on the way towards sustainable waste disposal and a low emission fleet. The new vehicle is estimated to achieve a range of up to 285km, storing a maximum of 16.4kg of hydrogen and will be refuelled every two days. This is the first of 7 hydrogen powered waste vehicles to be rolled out over the next year across North West Europe with the Interreg NWR HECTOR Project. The launch event took place on Wednesday, 2nd December 2020. Read More
Find out about the HECTOR project. Read More
On Friday the 6th of December 2019, three European projects, developing and deploying refuse trucks powered by fuel cells and hydrogen, signed a letter of cooperation. The projects will cooperate on the creation of awareness for fuel cell vehicles in waste collection through the co organisation of events and the dissemination of projects materials and outputs. They will share and collect lessons learned and experiences, thereby accumulating necessary information for fleet operators, OEMs and policy makers. Their efforts and strengths will support and facilitate the future uptake of fuel cell garbage trucks into waste collection fleets across Europe. Read More
The AGR Herten has published an article announcing the successful procurement and expected delivery date of their garbage truck, co funded by the INTERREG program. Read More
The project partners gathered on the the 30th of September in Aberdeen to present the progress of the work packages and the first results of the project. Since all partners have launched their tendering processes with some already having placed their orders, there was plenty to discuss. Read More
This Saturday the 21st of September 2019, our project partner Communauté de Communes Touraine Vallée de l’Indre opened their first Hydrogen refuelling station in Sorigny. The new station, capable of distributing up to 20 kg of hydrogen a day at 350 bars pressure, will mainly serve the 10 light duty fuel cell vehicles already in operation. Though the station will not be used to refuel the Hector garbage truck, the opening on Saturday marked another step into a hydrogen fuelled future of mobility for the region. Read More
HECTOR Partner Gemeente Groningen just published a presentation video, showing its hydrogen fleet which includes a hydrogen garbage truck. Read More
This year's annual conference on mobility of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Electromobility and Fuels and Drives of the Future networks of the EnergieAgentur.NRW will focus on commercial vehicles on land and at sea: electromobility with battery and fuel cell and associated infrastructures.
The HECTOR project will be presented during this event organised by EnergieAgentur NRW, one of HECTOR's associated partners.
This workshop will discuss initiatives implemented or being developed, in European cities and regions, in order to support the uptake of zero emission mobility at the local level. Speakers will consider approaches undertaken for both light and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as cross-cutting issues.
HECTOR will be presented by HyER, the dissemination partner of the project. A panel discussion will address how progress could be accelerated.
During the BuyZET final event, HyER - the dissemination partner of HECTOR - will present the project and its approach to public procurement.
2019/05/28 – Waste Management World – ‘HECTOR Project to Demonstrate Hydrogen Fuel Cell Refuse Collection Vehicles’ - by Ben Messenger
2019/05/30 – Fuel Cells Bulletin – ‘HECTOR Project to Demonstrate Fuel Cells in Garbage Trucks Fleets’
2019/05/30 - FuelCellsWorks – ‘HECTOR Project Launches to Demonstrate the Benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology to Decarbonise Garbage Truck Fleets’ - by FuelCellsWorks
2019/05/30 - Hydrogen Fuel news – ‘Hydrogen garbage trucks to be tested in North West Europe’
2019/05/30 – Gasworld – ‘HECTOR project launches to deploy fuel cell garbage trucks’ – by Molly Burgess
2019/06/08 – Info Tours – ‘Sorigny va tester un camion poubelle à hydrogène’
2019/06/19 – Duurzaam Actueel – ‘Huisvuilwagen op waterstof in regio Arnhem Nijmegen’
2019/06/19 – Transport Milieu – ‘Regio Arnhem-Nijmegen krijgt Scania huisvuiltruck op waterstof’
2019/07/09 – RP Online – ‘WBD testen Brennstoffzellen-Müllwagen
2019/07/12 – Flottes Automobiles – ‘Mobilité hydrogène : les projets se concrétisent dans les territoires’ – by Manon Lamoureux
2019/08/27 – EUWID Recycling und Entsorgung Nr 35.2019 – „AGR: Wasserstoffbetriebenes Sammelfahrzeug im jahr 2020“
2019/09/18 – Westdeutsche Allgemeine WAZ – “Muellwagen, die quasi mit Muell fahren“ – by Frank Bergmannshoff
2019/09/21 - Hydrogen Today – “Touraine Vallée de l’Indre inaugure sa station H2” - by Laurent Meillaud
2019/11/10 – Haltner Zeitung – "Dieser LKW faehrt bald mit Wasserstoff durch die Region“ – Falko Bastos