Moreland Council moves to hydrogen powered rubbish trucks
Victoria's Moreland City Council is adapting its diesel-powered garbage truck fleet to zero-emission hydrogen fuel, with plans to convert 12 of its 18 trucks by early 2020.
The $10 million project will involve the construction of Australia's first commercial scale hydrogen refuelling station in the municipality, powered by grid-supplied wind and locally generated solar power.
The trucks are expected to be 70% less noisy than diesel-powered trucks, and produce no greenhouse emissions.
The council has partnered with hydrogen utility company H2U for the project and international vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial is set to develop the hydrogen fuel cell trucks.
Moreland Council has allocated $1.5 million over three years to fund the solar component of the project and the balance is to be sourced by the developers with the Victorian and federal governments being asked to contribute.