A new cross-industry initiative will design and develop the use of hydrogen as an alternative to diesel on construction sites following the approval of a £4,872,653 grant from the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
The project, led by BAM and bringing together industry-leading partners including GeoPura, will adapt and develop dual-fuel technology, converting a range of construction plant to operate using a hydrogen-fuelled generator.
The project will also develop a hydrogen manufacturing and supply chain, including off-site and on-site production, off-grid compression, and innovative storage and distribution solutions, utilising GeoPura HPU technology to generate zero-emission electricity for use on-site.
Starting this month and running for around two years, the project will provide practical solutions which can be demonstrated on an operational construction site for at least a month.
The project aims to reduce the construction industry’s reliance on fossil fuels and has brought together a variety of contractors and suppliers from across the sector.
BAM and Skanska will provide operating construction sites to demonstrate the solution, with GeoPura supplying hydrogen and a hydrogen powered generator. Reynolds Logistics will address hydrogen transport/logistics, NanoSUN will develop storage and onsite distribution capabilities while ULEMCo will adapt their dual fuel technology to convert plant provided by Flannery and Plantforce. Independent assessments and metrics will be supplied by BRE.
The project is supported via Phase 2 of the Red Diesel Replacement Programme, funded through the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.