The 21st EU forum on Eco-Innovation, which took place on the 5th and 6th of February, aims to mobilise business, the public sector and non-governmental organisations to develop and deploy new innovative solutions to improve air quality in Europe. During the forum several organisations were able to present their projects in different sessions. Among them, the coordinating beneficiary WaterstofNet, presented the LIFE 'N Grab HY! -project during the session on "Transport and air quality conversations". In this interactive session, Stefan Neis presented the development of the hydrogen electric hybrid refuse collection vehicles and how they contribute to the reduction of air pollution originating from energy use. The deployment of the two trucks at the planned 10 demonstration locations was also highlighted.
January 23, the Baetsen hydrogen electric hybrid refuse collection vehicle was transported to test-center Lelystad. At Baetsen the vehicle was filled with big-bags filled with sand, to simulate the full load of the vehicle. During a 3 day test and trial period at the designated and private RDW test track, the vehicle will endure a full vehicle and road testing cycle to receive the Dutch license plates.
On tuesday November 21th the hydrogen storage tanks from Luxfer in Nottingham (UK) have been delivered to E-Trucks in Belgium.
Now the next step of the conversion to a hydrogen hybrid electric truck can start for the Baetsen truck. This step includes the integration of the fuel cell, the installation of the piping, cables and the tanks on top of the garbage press module.
The Baetsen hydrogen hybrid garbage truck, realised within the Life 'N Grab HY! project, is put on display at the Dutch Eco-Mobiel exhibition (10-12 October 2017).
This yearly exhibition is visited by about 15.000 vistitors. Ecomobiel has grown to become the biggest platform for sustainable mobility and mobility management and the following topics are to be found in the exhibition:
see also: http://www.ecomobiel.nl/en/
October 6th the first truck, realised within the LIFE 'N Grab HY! project, made it's first meters outside the workshop. During the last weekd, the first building step for the Baetsen truck, a Daf CF EURO 6 truck converted to a hydrogen-hybrid truck by the consortium member E-Trucks Europe, has been completed. The truck is now electrically ready and awaiting the hydrogen storage tank and the integration of the fuel cell. After these hydrogen components have been installed, first system tests will be performed, before the vehicle will be presented to the "Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency" part of the "Department for Transportation (RDW), to receive the official approval and a license plate.
In the last weeks 3 additional Letters of Cooperation have been signed between the LIFE 'N Grab-HY! project and Abengoa Innvación from City of Seville, the Interreg North Sea regions' HyTrEc 2 project with the municipality of Groningen and the City of Copenhagen. The project consortium is working together with these organisations and cities to share knowledge, experiences and preliminary results on the new hydrogen electric trucks, as well as looking for oppertunities and the actual implementation for a defined demonstration period of one of the Life refuse collection vehicles in their Cities.
Just before Easter E-Trucks Europe received a very important shipment.
The batterry cells were delivered, marking the start of the batterypack assembly for the LIFE 'N Grab HY! refuse collection vehicles.
92 individual cells will be integrated into a batterypack, each vehicle will receive 2 batterypacks, bringing the total to 184 cells/vehicle.
After the assembly the batteries will be tested before installation in the trucks.
During the UK Hydrogen Week, Stefan Neis (WaterstofNet -- coordinator of Life ‘N Grab-HY!) presented the project at the Hydrogen Transport Summit in Aberdeen.
A lot of interest was shown for the project concerned about “clean air, clean cities”. More and more European cities are closing their centres for diesel and fossil fuel vehicles, to reduces greenhouse gasses (GHG) and particulate matter.
Different stakeholders, present at the Summit, informed about the conditions and possibilities for being a demonstration site.