The Hydrogen Project
We are bringing green hydrogen fuel to Cheshire East!
Hydrogen energy transcript (PDF, 96Kb)
Ansa Environmental Services and Cheshire East Council are committed to reducing our carbon emissions and becoming a carbon neutral by 2025. This means significantly reducing the carbon in our energy and fuel use, including from our refuse collection vehicle fleet.
The hydrogen project will run for three years and is a partnership with Storengy UK – who are providing the technical expertise on hydrogen.
The project has been partially funded through the Local Growth Fund, (funding provided by the Department of Business, Energy and the Industrial Strategy). This funding is administered by the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership.
The purpose of the hydrogen project is not only to reduce carbon now, but also to get used to using hydrogen as a cleaner, greener fuel in the future. Moving to cleaner fuels such as hydrogen will also bring benefits locally through improved air quality.
Through this project we will also support the emerging hydrogen economy – which will provide jobs and growth for the future.
Hydrogen is suited to heavier and long-range vehicles, such as our refuse collection vehicles. Initially, we converted two refuse vehicles to become hydrogen hybrid vehicles. This means that once the hydrogen is used up, they can temporarily revert back to diesel until they can be refuelled.
Storengy UK are also converting one of their small vans which will visit weekly for maintenance and refuelling.
The equipment required for the hydrogen project includes an electrolyser to make our own hydrogen and the first hydrogen refuelling station in the North West of England. These will be placed at our Environmental Hub in Middlewich – a purpose-built, state-of-the art facility.
For more information on this project, please visit the Cheshire East Council website.