Kier is working in partnership with AFC Energy to trial a clean hydrogen power generator unit on a site in the South West.
AFC Energy is a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies.
The Power Tower generator uses AFC Energy’s new Hybrid Fuel Cell technology and will power site cabins during the eight-week trial.
It’s the first foray into hydrogen fuel cell deployment for Kier. The trial will show the viability of using this solution rather than diesel generators, and aims to reduce the site’s carbon footprint.
Chris Lilley is health, safety, wellbeing and sustainability director at Kier Group.
He said: “This upcoming trial further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and finding innovative solutions that will reduce our carbon footprint and help our clients and customers deliver against their targets too.
“To meet our net zero carbon targets outlined in our Building for a Sustainable World framework, it’s crucial that we continue to work with credible supply chain partners and trial new innovations. Following on from the trial in the South West, we will assess other sites that we can use the Power Tower on.”
Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer at AFC Energy, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Kier in support of their decarbonisation initiatives here in the UK through deployment of our hydrogen fuel cell technology.
“Contractors and plant hire businesses are under increasing pressure to reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality; we are confident that our hydrogen fuel cells will play an important role in delivering a Net Zero UK construction industry.”