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Hydrogen Powered Generator to be trialled | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Hydrogen Powered Generator to be trialled

A 4.85km long dual two-lane carriageway bypass on the A585 situated between Windy Harbour and Skippool, Lancashire, to be constructed by Kier Highways is to be used to trial a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.

Working with Hydrologiq and also supported by the government, this will be the first hydrogen 110kVA generator deployment to be undertaken by Kier Highways and will focus on uncovering the practical challenges of replacing diesel with hydrogen as well as to reduce the site’s carbon emissions, produce less noise, vibration and also air pollution.

Hydrologiq procured a grant in late 2021 from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (REIS) to deploy hydrogen generators on real-world sites throughout the UK.

The three main objectives for the grant will be: to build a platform to streamline the planning and deployment of hydrogen generators, to prototype a monitoring system for any hydrogen generator, and to test these developments through real-world hydrogen generator deployments on live projects with partner businesses.

It is thought that by replacing a diesel generator equivalent with this 110kVA generator could see a 40% – 80% reduction in CO2e emissions when powered by grey hydrogen and near to a 100% reduction when powered by green hydrogen.

One Plant Action Plan (OPAP) Kier Highways, as part of one of its plan has committed to achieving net zero scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 2030. This is in line with the Kier Group Sustainability Framework, Buuilding for a Sustainable World which sets out a target of net-zero across operations by 2045.