Swedish fuel cell company PowerCell has partnered with Norway’s largest grocery distributor ASKO to reduce diesel consumption for electricity generation during loading and unloading at ASKO’s deliveries of up to 90 percent.
Other project partners include mobile refrigeration technology provider ThermoKing Norge and the research institute SINTEF. The project is called the Distrocell project.
ASKO has set a goal to be carbon neutral in its energy use by 2020. It also plans to run half of its vehicles on renewable fuels.
The company has 600 distribution vehicles on the road every day, so phasing PowerPac into the fleet will play a major role in reducing emissions, says ASKO’s Jørn A. Endresen.
PowerCell is also leading a project to convert toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity.