Waste management company Solo Resource Recovery will be putting a hydrogen fuel cell powered truck to work as part of a six-month trial.
Pure Hydrogen will supply the truck, as well as supply hydrogen fuel and deliver maintenance services throughout the trial period.
Solo Resource Recovery will use the truck to service its municipal contracts including Tweed Shire Council in northern NSW.
The truck is a side-loading, general household waste collection vehicle. It is expected to have a range of about 300 kilometres before needing to refuel. The driving range will depend on the travel route, geography and number of services.
Initially, refuelling for the trial will take place at Solo’s Chinderah depot.
Following the six-month trial, Solo has the option to extend its lease on the trial vehicle from Pure Hydrogen and take on additional hydrogen powered vehicles.
Solo Resource Recovery’s national fleet manager Mark Taylor commented on the partnership.
“We are pleased to have signed this agreement with Pure Hydrogen and are proud to be trialling their Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric waste collection vehicle with the aim to initially trial the vehicle in the Tweed Region – the very region where Solo commenced operations over 90 years ago,” Taylor said.
“Solo has always seen innovation as a core part of our long involvement in the Waste Industry. Our partnership with Pure Hydrogen is the natural next step to ensuring a resilient and sustainable waste sector. Our collaboration with Pure Hydrogen represents practical and real progress towards a realistic and achievable circular economy.
“Importantly, this potentially will enable our valued customers to transition toward a circular economy where the Environment, Consumers and Industry all benefit.”
Solo currently operates up to 40 waste collection vehicles per location across its NSW, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia operations.
Pure Hydrogen managing director Scott Brown added, “This agreement is a key milestone for Hydrogen fuelled zero- emission transport solutions in Australia and reflects Solo’s confidence in, and commitment to, Pure Hydrogen’s HFC trucks,” he said.
“Amid the ongoing expansion of Australia’s hydrogen vehicle industry, this term sheet marks a strategic move by Solo to secure delivery slots and benefit from an early-mover advantage.
“This agreement is consistent with Pure Hydrogen’s turn-key solutions strategy and is an example of the progress we continue to make towards the supply of both hydrogen vehicles and hydrogen fuel sources to our customers.
Pure Hydrogen says it’s also in the final stages of delivering Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell refuse collection vehicle, which is due to be trialled later this year.