Hydrogen powered bin wagons coming to Cheshire East

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Cheshire East Council has secured funding which will see bin wagons converted to take home-produced hydrogen.

The Council has joined forces with Storengy for the £1m scheme which comprised of both public and private sector money - a £345,000 contribution from the local enterprise partnership's Local Growth Fund will see the first green hydrogen fuelling facility in the North West of England

Installed at the Ansa environmental services depot in Middlewich, it is proposed to produce hydrogen in the greenest way possible – using an electrolyser connected to solar panels and grey-water recycling. This will provide safe, clean hydrogen fuel, which will be pumped into duel-fuel bin wagons.

Initially, two bin wagons owned by the council and one vehicle owned by Storengy will be converted to use the green hydrogen. This will reduce the council's and Storengy's diesel use by more than 10,000 litres per year.

Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for environment and regeneration, said: "This scheme is an exciting step towards the council becoming carbon neutral by 2025. Through our environmental strategy, we intend to lead the way in green initiatives like this.

"Building a cleaner, greener economy will not only reduce carbon but also create jobs across the borough through new and innovative technologies, such as hydrogen.

"Hydrogen is ideal as an alternative to diesel for our refuse vehicles. These wagons have heavy schedules when delivering their services across the borough and this type of refuelling will ensure they have the cleaner power they need when emptying our residents' bins."

Councillor Quentin Abel, Cheshire East Council's climate change champion, said: "Policymakers and industry, widely acknowledge that to achieve a zero-carbon economy we need to use fuels like hydrogen as a green energy source. This scheme means we can take that first step, starting with our heavy-duty vehicles. This will help towards combating the increasing climate change crisis."

The project has been awarded a grant of £345,000 from the £4.1m energy fund, run by Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the Local Growth Fund.

Subject to approvals, including planning permission, the refuse vehicles will be operating from autumn 2020. All work will all comply with the necessary health and safety requirements.

Cheshire East Council, Waste Collection


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Barbara Hughson
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 3:58 pm
Very laudable. Not turning up at all, as is the current situation, is even more environmentally sound.
Nick Jones
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 4:19 pm
Now CEC needs to follow Cheshire Wests example and dump the costly Bentley and its maintenance and Chauffeur costs... that we are paying for in favour of an EV.. I cant think of any one person deserving of any warranted use of a Bentley at our expense... At their own personal expenditure then crack-on !!
The rush for EV when the infrastructure isn't there is concerning, Hydrogen has been overlooked.. this is a positive step to promote an alternative and must be applauded.. But follow through now Cllrs and get rid of that Bentley..
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 5:33 pm
Does anyone know what’s happened to our new food bins that were supposed to be rolled out in 8 weeks... as they told in November?
Terry Bowes
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 6:36 pm
That’ll be another rise in Breathing Tax (sorry council tax) I presume!
Rev. Sevillia
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7:49 pm
Don't know Lynne, but we've got these minute green bins, sitting outside our doorsteps, all along the cul-de-sac. They're not suitable for humans, but some sort of two foot gnome might find them good for shopping bags. No idea what they are for, when it comes to humans.
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 12th February 2020 at 7:56 pm
How interesting. What we have not been told, how much extra fuel is been used after all the bin collections start in Middlewich, and they go back and forth to this area, including Macclesfield.Also, as I understand the former Macclesfield staff now work from Middlewich, and who pays for their transport, and , of course, for the extra time consumed from getting there in the morning, and back in the evening
P Davenport
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 13th February 2020 at 9:49 am

The new bin routes result in 60,000 less bin lorry miles a year and a saving of £600,000 to the council.

Also, the extension of the green bin collection to all year round and the introduction of kitchen waste collection using the green caddies/green bins is included in this reduction.

Therefore, we are paying ANSA less money for a better service and the bin lorries are working more efficiently.

Best regards

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Florence Collier
Friday 14th February 2020 at 12:45 pm
Look forward to seeing the tonnes of equivalent CO2 emissions saved year on year - well done CEC!
Lynne Prescott
Friday 14th February 2020 at 11:07 pm
Does anyone know what’s happened to our new food bins that were supposed to be rolled out in 8 weeks... as they told in November?
Fiona Doorbar
Saturday 15th February 2020 at 6:19 am
Our mini green bin arrived on Thursday.

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