The first HECTOR Project Hydrogen Powered Vehicle was launched in Duisburg, Germany

How does it work?

There are four tanks below the vehicle, each holding 4.1kg. The vehicle is refuelled at the Autohof in Duisburg-Neuenkamp. The vehicle carries the hydrogen in gaseous form in 700 bar pressure tanks. Fuel cells convert the gas in the tanks into electricity and water. The vehicle is powered by electricity. The advantage over electric vehicles is that like gasoline or diesel, hydrogen can also be refuelled in a short time, without having to carry large, heavy batteries. In addition, there is no engine noise when driving, which is a great benefit especially in residential areas.

The use of this vehicle is only the beginning of the implementation of the hydrogen strategy of Wirtschaftsbetriebe Duisburg and the complete conversion of the vehicle fleet. The delivery of further refuse collection vehicles with fuel cells is planned as part of a current funding programme of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. In addition, the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia supports the implementation of hydrogen projects in the context of the Hydrogen Roadmap NRW.

The model region Düssel.Rhein.Wupper deserves special mention here, which Minister Prof Dr Andreas Pinkwart has named the winner of the NRW model region Hydrogen Mobility competition. The use of the refuse collection vehicle with fuel cell is a contribution of Duisburg to the implementation within the model region.

Delivery of a second hydrogen waste vehicle is due to be delivered later this month - HECTOR partner AGR.

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