Company partners with AFC Energy to trial hydrogen generators as an alternative to red diesel
BRETT Aggregates are partnering with AFC Energy to trial hydrogen generators as an alternative to red diesel generators at their quarry sites. The more sustainable ‘flex fuel’ fuel-cell power systems provide clean electricity for on- and off-grid applications.
The technology has been pioneered in the UK over the past 12 years and is now able to be used in electric vehicle chargers, off-grid decentralized power systems, and data centre applications.
AFC Energy, a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, have, along with their consortium partners*, been awarded a grant of up to £4.8 million from the UK Government’s Red Diesel Replacement (RDR) programme, which aims to accelerate the commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through this decade and next.
Bill Brett, chairman of Brett Group, said: ‘We are delighted to be collaborating with AFC Energy in the development of clean energy power generation alternatives to accelerate the replacement of diesel generation and supporting the decarbonization of the building materials industry.’
Brett Aggregates’ ultimate objective is the complete displacement of incumbent diesel usage on remote sites, which will further highlight the increasing role hydrogen fuel is playing in the decarbonization of sectors such as construction, quarrying, and mining.
AFC Energy chief executive officer Adam Bond said: ‘Having successfully delivered on our commitment to field deploy multiple H-Power Tower generators with customers and partners over the past 18 months, it is clear industry is increasingly ready to transition away from polluting diesel generators at construction and temporary power sites.
‘Confirmation of our consortium’s success in the Government’s RDR programme is a nationally significant funding commitment that demonstrates the commitment by government and industry to decarbonize off-grid power generation through zero-emission hydrogen fuelled generators.’
*The consortium partners are Brett Aggregates, part of Brett Group, the largest independent building materials group in the UK; and Energy Solutions, UK-based providers of hybrid battery and energy storage solutions