Green Machines just unveiled a new hydrogen sweeperNovember 13, 2020
The Dutch company is hoping the renewable energy will cut carbon emissions as a part of global goals.
Green Machines has announced the launch of a new hydrogen sweeper, which was unveiled on November 11th.
The company is using the new street sweeper design to help cut down on carbon emissions.
The Dutch sweeper manufacturer views hydrogen as a vital renewable energy source. It will play a central role in reducing carbon emissions to help countries and municipalities around the world to reach their ambitious goals. The newest fuel cell sweeper is a part of the company’s 500 series. The GM 500H2 was developed based on the design of its predecessor, the GM 500ze, which was a fully electric model. That said, this version also includes a spectrum of new potential.
This new model uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate the electricity needed to power the vehicle. The unique component of the GM 500H2 is the H2-POD system. According to Green Machines, that system makes it possible to overcome the challenge of having to invest in an infrastructure for hydrogen refuelling. Building that type of infrastructure can be a complex and costly process. By overcoming that challenge, the technology becomes more affordable.
The H2-POD system makes it possible for the fuel cell sweeper to be refuelled more conveniently.
The H2-POD is a flexible cartridge system. By using it, the machine can be refilled by the user whenever and wherever it is most convenient. Users that already have an existing hydrogen infrastructure can choose the 500H2 that has an installed fixed tank for their machinery. This makes it possible for the vehicle to be refuelled in a matter of minutes.GM
That said, the company also pointed to additional advantages of the GM 500H2 in that it is swappable, meaning that other models can also swap into using hydrogen fuel. For instance, current owners of the electric GM 500ze, that is powered by Li-Ion batteries, won’t need to purchase an entirely new machine to benefit from the latest H2 powered technology.
Instead, those users can request to convert their Li-Ion Light Pack or Li-Ion Plus Pack in their GM 500ze into the hydrogen fuel cell sweeper technology with either of the two available H2 system options.
UPDATE: Green Machines was an exhibitor at the recent 2022 IFAT trade fair and received great interest in their eco-friendly products. Their line-up of electric vehicles and products were on display, including the world’s only hydrogen-powered sweeper. Green Machines is dedicated to innovative manufacturing solutions that respond to the growing need for new methods in outdoor cleaning. In particular, they reduce pollution from street cleaning by up to 80%. This is a huge benefit to cities around the world who are struggling with air quality issues. The company is continuing to research and develop new ways to reduce the environmental impact of their products even further. We can only hope that other companies will follow suit in the years to come.