Acciona to use zero-emissions hydrogen generator on Spanish construction site

Spanish infrastructure company Acciona will power an unnamed construction site in Spain with a zero-emissions hydrogen generator next year, generator company AFC Energy said today.

The companies want to bring clean, renewable energy to construction in Europe as an alternative to diesel generators. Water is the only emission from AFC Energy’s hydrogen powered generator.

The generator will initially be a containerised 160kW system.

Acciona will get a battery energy storage system and an ammonia cracker to make hydrogen fuel, said AFC Energy.

The system will be tested to validate its technical and economic viability, leading possibly to more such collaborations.  
AFC Energy aims to develop 2MW containerised fuel cell generators by the end of 2022.    
"The construction industry is one of the largest sources of pollution in our cities and, as we emerge from lockdown, needs to take action to speed up its transition to a zero-emissions future," said Adam Bond, CEO of AFC Energy.

"Innovation in the off-grid power sector will be crucial in cleaning up the construction industry and helping cities meet net-zero objectives. Our collaboration with Acciona is yet another vote of confidence in the important role hydrogen will play in the fight for better air quality on and around construction sites as we move towards a cleaner economy post-Covid."

 Image: AFC Energy’s HydroX-Cell generator (AFC Energy)

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