Local media reported on August 8 that the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou has put a first batch of 24 hydrogen-powered sanitation trucks into operation in its Huangpu District. The head of the district’s urban management department said that the trucks are mainly to be used for cleaning roads, including functions such as washing, sweeping, sprinkling and dust reduction.
The hydrogen sanitation trucks can be filled with hydrogen in four to eight minutes – less than pure electric sanitation trucks. The fuel cell engine features high energy, high power density and longer range, allowing the sanitation truck to operate continuously. In addition, hydrogen energy produces only water after combustion, resulting in zero pollution.
The hydrogen engine and system of this batch of hydrogen sanitation vehicles has been produced by Guangzhou Xiongtao Qingheng Technology Limited, a joint venture company of Guangzhou High-tech Zone Modern Energy Group Co., Ltd. According to Ji Fanting, the chairman of Xiongtao, the firm has operated the first hydrogen bus demonstration line 388 in Guangzhou with Guangzhou Bus Group, which has covered a total distance of nearly 2.8 million kilometers and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 2,000 tons.
In addition, Ji said the company planned to launch 500 hydrogen cold chain vehicles in the logistics field to further reduce carbon emissions.
On the same day, Xinhai Energy Lianxin Hydrogen Refueling Station was granted a gas operation license for a hydrogen refueling station in Guangzhou. In the future, this station will provide hydrogen refueling services for hydrogen energy logistics vehicles and buses in Huangpu District and the surrounding areas.
Liu Yafang, the deputy director of the Department of Science and Technology within China’s National Energy Administration, said in April that the country has built more than 250 hydrogen refueling stations, accounting for about 40% of the global number, ranking first.