News is reducing carbon emissions in construction industry

6 January 2023 | Buccaneers

Buccaneer has delivered two hydrogen storage and Y50 fuel cell systems to Terberg Techniek. The systems have been used in the conversion of two Liebherr 916 Litronic wheeled excavators from diesel to hydrogen-electric by the vehicle modification specialist. These hydrogen excavators mark the first application of zepp’s fuel cell systems in the construction equipment industry.

The two excavators, both owned by Dutch contracting company Jos Scholman, have undergone six months of operational testing. The results show that the excavators are reliable and perform as expected, offering an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional diesel-powered models as they produce no emissions other than water. Both the fuel cell system and onboard hydrogen storage system were developed by

Serving the wider construction sector

Hydrogen is gaining popularity in the construction equipment industry due to increasingly restrictive regulations on local emissions, such as CO2, noise, particulate matter, and especially NOx. Using zero-emission machinery allows contractors to bid on projects in urban or environmentally sensitive areas that may have previously been out of reach with traditional equipment. Hydrogen fuel cells provide a reliable and consistent power source for construction equipment, allowing for longer periods of operation and fewer interruptions for refuelling or recharging compared to battery-powered alternatives.

We are thrilled to see our fuel cell systems being used in the conversion of these Liebherr excavators and to play a role in helping the construction equipment sector reduce its carbon emissions.

Kevin Schreiber, Co-Founder of

Multi-purpose system’ Y50 fuel cell systems have been gaining traction in the material handling and maritime sectors with several OEM’s and retrofitters using zepp’s systems for their projects. A recent example is the Watertaxi in Rotterdam which was christened in May. The Liebherr conversion project by Terberg Techniek marks the first application of zepp’s fuel cell systems in the construction equipment sector.

Boosting innovation

We are very proud of and the progress they are making. At Buccaneer Delft we accelerate the energy transition by supporting start- & scale-ups, like zepp.solution, in the ever-evolving energy and maritime sector.  We accelerate growthconnectinspire & help realize potential.