The garbage collection truck developed by the University of Debrecen, which since last September has been operating in Békéscsaba, has arrived back at its “birthplace” for annual maintenance.
The prototype of the innovative communal waste collection vehicle (garbage truck), driven by an electric motor equipped with solar panels and developed in September 2014 by staff at the Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics Department of Debrecen University, can be used in an economically efficient way in today’s expensive collecting processes. In its daily work the collection truck operated by Tappe Waste Management Ltd. has shown that it can perform in line with expectations and is measurably more economical to operate than its conventional "colleagues".
Suitable vehicle prototypes with P license plates have been undergoing road trials since September in Békéscsaba three to five times a week doing two rounds a day, and completing a total of 1,500 kilometres to collect rubbish. Over their trial period they have completed 300 trips, of about 25-30 kilometres each, collecting a total of more than a thousand tons of garbage. The car has been tested by professionals in both communal and residential environments.
- The department's patented drive has completely lived up to expectations. In practice, it has also been proven that the driving principle developed by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics, which has been successfully applied to smaller vehicles (light trucks, passenger cars), can also be used successfully for lorries - even large trucks - community vehicles, and buses. The condition of the batteries selected for the vehicle is better than expected, which means that these motors can also be charged while on the move – reported Geza Husi
, head of department, and deputy dean of the Faculty of Engineering, while summing up the experiences gained from the programme.