World’s first hydrogen-powered water tanker11 June 2020

ULEMCo has converted a 7.5t diesel bowser to operate on hydrogen dual fuel.

It claims the project is the world's first hydrogen-powered water tanker.

Based on an average duty cycle, the new ULEMCo vehicle, for customer Yorkshire Water, is expected to deliver a 33% reduction in carbon emissions. The benefit is further enhanced by the vehicle refuelling from an ITM hydrogen fuelling station in Sheffield that is powered directly from renewable wind.

This first hydrogen powered vehicle will be put to work in June, and is the first step in Yorkshire Water’s plan to decarbonise its fleet and reduce its carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

According to ULEMCo, specialist vehicles - such those deployed by utilities such as Yorkshire Water - utilise back to base operation in urban areas, and so do not need an extensive national network of refuelling stations, something that is currently being built up.

William Dalrymple

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