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AWIGO LOGISTIK GmbH spent the first weeks of autumn testing a hybrid waste collection vehicle in the Osnabrücker Land district. The objective of this project was to see whether this novel truck with its diesel electric system was suitable for everyday use. Moreover, if recyclable materials could be collected and transported to processing facilities using this especially environmentally friendly type of vehicle, then the company’s whole system could be even more sustainable. According to the manufacturers of the vehicle, carbon emissions could, in theory, be cut by up to 30 %. An excellent reason, therefore, for AWIGO Logistik, a public private partnership between REMONDIS and the District of Osnabrück, to check out the advantages of this innovative technology.
This hybrid vehicle was tested for four weeks with AWIGO LOGISTIK using it to empty the waste paper bins instead of its standard rear-loader truck. Those involved in the project are currently in the process of evaluating the data gathered and comparing it with the data from the other vehicles used at the same time. “We can’t wait to find out whether the emission and fuel savings of at least 30 percent advertised by the manufacturer can actually be achieved when the truck is used on a daily basis,” commented Christian Niehaves, managing director of AWIGO LOGISTIK.
According to the manufacturer, these savings are possible thanks to its innovative technology which combines a diesel and electric motor – the so-called DUALPOWER option. The conventional truck diesel engine is only used for driving long distances. The drivers switch over to the electric power unit as soon as they reach the first bin that has to be emptied. An extremely quiet generator then supplies the power needed to do the bin emptying work; the additional power required to accelerate the vehicle is provided by an energy storage unit. An electric engine enables the truck to travel along its designated bin collection route. Each time the driver brakes, the energy created by braking is recovered and stored in the energy storage unit for the next time the driver has to accelerate.
REMONDIS representatives, Thomas Conzendorf and Wolfgang Steen, explained why they had been so keen to test the vehicle: “We are hoping that this cost-neutral test will produce some important findings which we can then use for the future management of our fleet.” District administrator, Dr Michael Lübbersmann, welcomed the future-oriented approach of the waste management company in his region: “AWIGO LOGISTIK is always interested in hearing about the latest trends and at looking at ways of reducing carbon emissions to help us achieve our climate targets.”
AWIGO Logistik GmbH is a joint subsidiary of AWIGO Abfallwirtschaft Landkreis Osnabrück GmbH and REMONDIS GmbH & Co. KG, North Region. The company has been responsible for collecting household waste (residual, paper, organic and bulky waste) from the approx. 355,000 inhabitants living in the Osnabrücker Land district since 01 January 2015.