12th November 2021

Exploring energy alternatives to power our journey to net zero

Our ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on the environment is being demonstrated onsite with trials that help improve operation efficiency and reduce our CO2 emissions.

As part of our work to decarbonise our operations and deliver on our commitment to becoming Net Zero, our onsite teams are currently conducting a series of in-depth trials to explore more efficient and sustainable ways of providing power on our sites.

Together with global temporary power company Aggreko, we are taking part in trials using hydrogen power generation units and fuel cells integrated with battery storage to form a 45kVA hybrid solution.

The nature of power consumption on sites is peaks and troughs. You may require 250Kva to start up your tower crane, but you only actually need a nominal amount for the majority of the time operating it.

Martin Mitchell Plant Procurement Lead

The current trials will test and specify the right size, type and configuration of generator(s) appropriate for every model of tower crane in our fleet and every lift type. This will allow us to downsize our generators and, by incorporating battery or Fly Wheel technology, run our operation more efficiently and reduce our emissions.

With the use of red diesel on construction sites coming to an end in April next year, HVO (hydrogenated vegetable oil) and battery technology is a tried and now tested solution as we transition away from traditional fuels and towards our goal of net zero carbon.

HVO is a paraffinic bio-based fuel that offers a significant reduction in net greenhouse gas emissions. Produced from plant-based oils and waste, it is one of the cleanest fuels on the market, eliminating up to 90% of net CO2 and significantly reducing nitrogen oxide (NOx), particulate matter (PM) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions.

For more information on alternative energy sources, visit the Aggreko website.

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