FIFE-based Living Solutions (LS) are going all out this week to increase their ‘green energy footprint’, as they take delivery of their new hybrid Renault Kangoo van*, supplied by local company – Bright Green Hydrogen (BGH).
The Levenmouth Community Energy Project - led by BGH in Methil, Fife – is a collaborative initiative supported by Fife Council and Toshiba.
Begins a spokesperson: “This new industry development involves the facility being created into the world’s foremost demonstrator of hydrogen derived from renewable turbine and solar resources.
“It is the first project of its kind in Scotland to use green hydrogen to fuel a fleet of hybrid/electric vans to the road.”
This new vehicle will add to Living Solutions’ green credentials, as they are already working to create an eco-friendly zero emissions tree-surgery service – as they ramp up their contracting business.
Working in collaboration with the Methyl-based company – who run what is believed to be the first green hydrogen project of its kind in Scotland, to provide climate-friendly hybrid/electric vans – BGH aim to deliver an effective green travel scheme in the area to benefit local groups and businesses.
Living Solutions leader, Paul Cruise, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this cutting-edge hydrogen vehicle project and see it as a highly innovative way to tackle climate change and carbon emissions, head on.
“It really will transform business travel in the future as well as our environment. It is great timing for us as we aim to offer a fully green eco-arborist service and this is huge step forward for us.”
The Living Solutions van is one of ten electric-powered Renault Kangoo vans with H2 fuel cell range extender which will be 100 per cent zero omissions when it is charged using the green electric vehicle charging stations.
The hydrogen gas, stored in the cabin tank, is fed into the fuel cell and when it combines with oxygen, the fuel cell produces electricity to power the electric motor of the vehicle.
By converting the original electric model to a hydrogen-electric hybrid van, the range of the vehicle is doubled to a radius of 200 miles.
The refuelling process can take place from hydrogen fuel stations, as opposed to electrical charging.
This speeds up the process considerably as it is possible to fill the car with the hydrogen gas rather than spending hours on charge.
Bright Green Hydrogen, chief executive, George Archibald, said: “We are delighted to have a local social enterprise on board with our Kangoo leasing scheme.
“As a community-focused project, this is precisely the sort of customer that we are aspiring to benefit and provide for.
“This agreement is a great opportunity for Living Solutions to move forward with their own project development and allows them to adapt green travel into their routine.”
In due course, two hydrogen refuelling stations will come on stream – one at Bankhead and one in Methil.
For contract information:
Paul Cruise, development manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 0845 222 0418
Thistle Industrial Estate
Fife KY4 8LP
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Photography credit Lesley Martinemail@example.com
Image: Leader, Paul Cruise, with lead arborist Reece Paterson and apprentice Graham Dodds.
Notes to editors:
* The van is a Renault Kangoo Ze Business model, which is an electric vehicle. This model has been converted by hydrogen and fuel cell specialists Symbio, a French company. This conversion includes the addition of a 5kW hydrogen range extender and the installation of a 1.7g hydrogen tank.
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Living Solutions Ltd
A long-established social enterprise based in Fife – focussing on the long-term unemployed – runs an extensive programme of apprenticeship training and takes on 16 people a year through its Rural Skills Academy on Rural Skills apprenticeships.
A 12-week programme brings apprentices to work ready level and includes training in power pole pruner, wood chipping, chain saw maintenance and cross cutter skills to recognised NPTC and LANTRA national standards of proficiency and has now added arborist training and skills to its training programme.
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