A hydrogen powered generator is to be trialled in the southwest of England on a Kier construction site.
Terms have been agreed by Kier with AFC Energy for hydrogen to be delivered to site to fuel a 10kW AFC Power Tower generator which will be used to power the site huts.
Kier joins Keltbray in trialling AFC’s hybrid fuel cell generator. The lease will provide the basis for a longer term collaboration to deliver additional hydrogen fuel cell systems in 2023.
Kier’s director of health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability Chris Lilley said: “This trial shows our commitment to sustainability and to finding creative solutions to help reduce our carbon footprint”.
Other sites will be assessed for their suitability to use the Power Tower. AFC Energy is a surrey based developer of alkaline fuel cells that use hydrogen for electricity production.
Adam Bond, AFC Energy chief executive said: “Plant hire businesses and contractors find themselves under pressure to reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality and we feel confident our hydrogen fuel cells will play an important roll in delivering a net zero construction industry”.