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The HECTOR project is part of the 'Low Carbon' objective of the INTERREG NWE programme. This objective is to support the transition to a low-carbon economy in all sectors, promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures. The aim of HECTOR is to demonstrate that fuel cell garbage trucks offer an effective solution to reduce road transport emissions in northwest-Europe.


Seven cities, five countries

The HECTOR Project will deploy seven different types of fuel cell garbage trucks in seven different cities in five countries: Aberdeen (UK), Groningen (NL), Arnhem (NL), Duisburg (DE), Deer (DE), Brussels (BE) and Touraine (FR). The first trucks will be deployed by the end of 2020.

Research for partners

HAN Automotive Research will monitor the trucks for 24 months to investigate whether a fuel cell garbage truck is an effective solution. This means collecting, checking, storing and analyzing technical vehicle data and driver impact. Given the wide variations in the trucks, conditions and operational use, monitoring and anlysis focuses on both overall results and also specific results for the project partners.


For the analysis of the operational vehicles, the infrastructure and  for  the TCO analysis of the vehicles, HAN-AR will identify the following aspects:

  1. Technical
    1. Operational performance of the H2 trucks.
    2. Safety incidents and maintenance and malfunctions.
    3. Technical specifications of the H2 trucks.
  2. Socio-economic
    1. The total cost of ownership (TCO) for the H2 trucks; investments, maintenance, downtime and residual value.
    2. TCO comparison with other technologies.
    3. Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, NOx, PM) savings per year compared to other technologies.
    4. The behavior change of the operator.

The underlying questions include:

  • How much is the fuel/energy consumption of waste collection and compression compared to that of consumption during driving? And how does it vary during the week (or specific period) of operation?
  • What factors contribute to fuel consumption/energy consumption as a result of driving? And how do they vary during the week (or specific period) of operation?
  • What is the tank to wheel (T2W) efficiency of H2 garbage collection trucks? And how does it vary during the week (or specific period) of operation?
  • How does the energy management system (EMS) affect the total fuel/energy consumption of the H2 garbage trucks? And how can it be further optimized?
  • How can changing driving behaviour be quantified by measured data? And how long does it take for a driver to fully adapt his behaviour (i.e. ges stablized behavior) to the new technology?
  • How can the safety of H2 garbage trucks be ensured? And how can a possible fault or maintenance be predicted in advance?

Data collection

To collect the data from the truck, HAN-AR will develop a datalogger for installation in the trucks. This unit will collect and transfer data to the HAN database for monitoring and analysis.


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