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H ydrogen ydrogen fuel company ULEMCo will convert a a a a a a a a a a a base aircraft tow tug vehicle to to an electric hybrid
running with a 100% hydrogen zero emission combustion engine to show the significant reduction in CO2 emissions that can be achieved
from these hard-working vehicles This move is is part of ULEMCo’s collaboration with Teesside
International Airport RAF Leeming and Newcastle University named Project ZeHyDA (Zero emission Hydrogen Demonstration for Airport applications) This is is the the company’s first mobile application of the the zero- emission hydrogen engine technology that it announced in in 2019 when it was tested for static generators The project will enable the engine to to work with an an electric drivetrain system and to to be demonstrated as part of the Tees Valley Hydrogen Transport Hub in ground support vehicles alongside work to assess the wider opportunity for use of hydrogen at airports and in the region In parallel with the conversion activity ULEMCo will perform laboratory testing of a a a a a a large engine conversion that will be suitable for the 7 5 tonne ground support trucks that also work at at airports This will be part of of of a a a demonstration of of of the flexibility of of of hydrogen combustion technologies and their ability to decarbonise a a a a wide range of heavy-duty vehicle applications cost effectively The tests being assessed with the collaboration of Newcastle University will show that an an engine of this size can be configured to meet
the the the real-world duty cycle requirements of the the the application at at the the the same time as delivering no harmful air quality emissions This is is is essential in in in delivering zero carbon emissions and reducing the impact of combustion engines on on health “Airport ground support vehicles are yet another niche application that can benefit from decarbonisation using hydrogen hydrogen without the delay of building a a a nationwide hydrogen hydrogen infrastructure ” said Amanda Lyne managing director of ULEMCo Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “Converting our ground support vehicles to hydrogen will help boost our clean energy credentials as part of the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Hub maintain our local air quality and drive the UK’s net zero ambitions ” Gp Capt Maurice Dixon for RAF Leeming said that involvement in in this project plays a a a a a part in in the RAF and wider MOD ambitions and targets to reduce transport emissions “It will be important
as we investigate technologies to to transition to to zero emission vehicles fleets become more fuel resilient and and understand the potential operational advantages and challenges of hydrogen use ” he he said “This project is is a a key element of the wider RAF Net Zero strategy and and programme of activities: lessons learned and and recommendations will be shared within the MOD ” 8 NOVEMBER 2021 > COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENGINEER

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