Hydrologiq deploys hydrogen-powered generator to UK road construction site
© Hydrologiq & Kier Highways
Hydrologiq deploys hydrogen-powered generator to UK road construction site
© Hydrologiq & Kier Highways

Hydrologiq deploys hydrogen-powered generator to UK road construction site

A hydrogen fuel cell-powered generator has been deployed to a Lancashire, UK, National Highways construction site in a government backed trial to uncover challenges in replacing diesel with hydrogen.

Kier Highways has today (July 26) revealed its A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool site in Poulton-le-Fylde, is playing host to the 110kVA hydrogen-powered generator from Hydroglogiq, which could cut emissions from the site.

The newly announced trial seeks to build a platform to streamline deployment of hydrogen generators; prototyping a monitoring system for any hydrogen generator; and test the developments in a real-world environment.

The companies estimate, in the long term, replacing a diesel generator equivalent with the 110kVA generator could see carbon dioxide emission reductions between 40-80% when powered by grey hydrogen, and close to 100% if run on green hydrogen.

Hydrologiq, in 2021 secured a grant from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deploy its hydrogen generators on real-world sites across the UK.

As part of its BEIS backing, Hydrologiq deployed a 25kW hydrogen fuel cell generator at the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Site (ACHES) in Scotland, in May (2022), with hopes of proving the technology’s viability to decarbonise off-grid power generation.

Read more: Hydrogen Powered off-grid generator being trialled at Aberdeen City Hydrogen Site

Benjamin Lindley, Director of Hydrologiq, said, Hydrologiq exists to help businesses like Kier Highways make a tangible move towards Net Zero in off-grid power. Currently there are many challenges to overcome when deploying a hydrogen-powered generator on an active project.

“We are grateful for the support of Kier Highways for their enthusiasm, interest, and professionalism. From senior environmental management and project managers, through to works managers and ground workers, the entire team at the Windy Harbour site have played a major role in making this deployment a success.”

In June (2022) Kier Group, parent company of Kier Highways, received AFC Energy’s clean hydrogen power generation unit on lease for one of its South West construction sites, to clean up operations.

Read more:AFC Energy to deploy hydrogen-powered generator to UK construction site

Matt Tompsett, Head of Environment and Sustainability at Kier Highways, said, “Hydrogen is a key solution to the decarbonisation of both our fleet and plant. At Kier Highways, we have a target for all our fleet and plant to be running on alternative fuels by 2030. There is no silver bullet to this issue and there won’t be one alternative fuel solution.

“Whilst we are transitioning our small fleet and plant to electric, we recognise hydrogen is currently the most viable solution to larger fleet, plant and generators. The trial of this hydrogen generator is an important step on this journey, helping the ‘proof of concept’”, expelling myths, and engaging our employees who will use the new equipment and technology.”


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