Feeds

Council fields world's first rubbish-fuelled rubbish truck

Electric revolution in... er... Huddersfield

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

'Leccy Tech For a brief moment this week, the focus of electric vehicle development in Britain was Huddersfield town centre and while the location may lack the glamour of Geneva, Monaco or Los Angeles what was on show was not without interest.

Kirklees 'leccy rubbish truck

Kirklees Council's 'leccy truck: local van for local people

In what may well be a world first, Kirklees Council was showing off its shiny new 'leccy Ford Transit rubbish collection vehicle - possibly the world's first van powered by the garbage it picks up.

The van - actually a Smith Edison-modified 3.5-tonne Transit with a 40kWh lithium-ion battery pack, a top speed of 50mph, an effective range of 100 miles and a 6-8 hour charge time – will glide around central Huddersfield collecting rubbish from 25 newly installed “split bins” and take said trash to the Energy from Waste (EfW) power station-cum-recycling centre just down the road. There, the rubbish will be burnt to generate electricity that will be used to charge the van for the next days collection runs.

Kirklees 'leccy rubbish truck

Trash goes in here... to generate power for here...

Of course, powering 'leccy vehicles is not the Emerald Street EfW's main role - on a good day it pumps around ten megawatts into the National Grid, all generated from fire-consumed rubbish that has been collected locally.

At the moment, the EfW only boasts just one recharge point for Kirklees' single EV, but it is from such humble beginnings that some form of electric car re-charge infrastructure in Britain may well grow.

Kirklees 'leccy rubbish truck

A solitary charging post, yesterday

Downsides to the project? Well, Register Hardware's suggestions that a silent bin lorry in central Huddersfield could pose safety issues for any locals who forget to look both ways when crossing the road were pooh-pooh'd until the driver mentioned that he'd had two near misses that very morning.

Cue much muttering about retrofitting more flashing lights and some form of audible warning device. We would suggest a recording of a thumping big V8. After all, if it's good enough for the Lightning... ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.