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Fuel Cell Generators to be trialled | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Fuel Cell Generators to be trialled

The use of a hydrogen fuel cell generator to power one of its construction sites in London is planned by Keltbray.

A deal with AFC Energy, who provide hydrogen power generator technologies, has been agreed by Keltbray to trial fuel cell deployment on one of there constructions sites.

An initial zero emission hybrid fuel cell (HFC) generator, as an example of how the construction industry can decarbonise sites, is to be leased from AFC Energy.

“The generator is to be placed on a site, thought to be somewhere in London, by the end of June this year. This will be the first HFC implementation in the UK. AFC Energy is a Surrey-based developer of alkaline fuel cells that use hydrogen for electricity production.

The two companies have discissed plans for future uses later this year.

Zero emission fuel cell power generators able to accept flex fuelling strategies across hydrogen, ammonia and methanol as a means of decarbonising, have been reviewed by Keltbray and AFC Energy over the past five months.

With the planned removal of the Red Diesel subsidy from April 2022 and with the substantial increases in the price of diesel fuel, construction and other power users are faced with increases in the cost of using diesel generators as against the relative cost of clean alternatives such as fuel cell technologies.

“It is an important step in our journey towards a net zero future. Keltbray aims to make a positive contribution to the planet and this will allow us to move more quickly to a more sustainable world”. Working together is key in achieving real change and the whole sector needs to work together to ensure we transform how we deliver the build environment. The use of this exciting new technology will allow us to play a key role in assisting the industry in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels” according to head of environmental sustainability at Keltbrays, Kiro Tamer.

Adam Bond, AFC Energy chief executive felt that as an innovative and socially responsible UK contractor, Keltbray shows great leadership and shows that through the use of hydrogen fuel cell power generator technology the construction industry is feeling the benefits of displacing highly pollutant fossil fuels in favour of cutting edge clean energy solutions.