Cheshire East Council has secured planning permission to build a £1m green hydrogen refuelling compound.

Working with Storengy, the scheme includes a trial of converting two bin wagons to take home-produced hydrogen.

The facility will produce hydrogen by using an electrolyser connected to solar panels. This will provide hydrogen fuel, which will be pumped into dual-fuel bin wagons.

Cllr Quentin Abel,the council's climate change champion, said: 'This trial using hydrogen is important as hopefully it will prove suitable for our heavier and long-range vehicles, making it an alternative to diesel for our refuse vehicles as they deliver their services across our borough.

'The green hydrogen will be produced in an environmentally friendly way at the depot through renewable energy, also removing the need for fuel to be transported onto site.'