A building site for a major infrastructure project in the U.K. has started to use a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell for heat and power, removing the need for diesel generators.
The news comes as low- or zero-emission kit on construction sites around the world starts to become more commonplace as technologies develop and attitudes shift.
On Thursday, Siemens Energy said the hydrogen fuel cell system would be used on a site in the county of Lincolnshire, England, which serves the Viking Link Interconnector project.
Original Article: Hydrogen Used to Power UK Construction Sites
To start – I found this article fascinating. I have been working in the construction industry for many years, and, one of the biggest frustrations on any jobsite is how you will power it.
Many projects require that you either remove incoming electrical feeds or they don’t exist in the first place. Determining how you will power your site during the project is always a challenge, often relying on large tanks of diesel fuel which require regular maintenance and re-fuelling. Further these systems are very dangerous and need constant monitoring.
Having a clean energy source which eliminates emissions and removes some of the dangers of working with diesel fuel from a construction site is innovative and intriguing. In this instance Siemens has developed a system which supports a large camp site which is power from hydrogen.
While most construction projects don’t require a campsite, it is fascinating to see how much power is being provided, the amount would be sufficient to power most project sites.
Defining the Future With Innovative Construction Technologies
When you think of innovations in construction you don’t inherently think of things like the temporary power systems that fuel our jobsites. Terms like modular construction, lean construction and robots all come top of mind.
There are areas of construction though, similar to this that would benefit tremendously from innovation. Areas such as temporary heating, temporary electrical systems, weatherproofing and other common construction practices have all generally been done the same way over the course of many years.
Are They Practical Though?
Seeing hydrogen used to provide power for jobsite is a unique application. The question is would it make sense in more urban environments and what other options are out there?
On a recent previous project of mine we utilized our steam system to provide temporary heating for the building rather than use costly diesel or propane systems. This not only provided a more consistent heat it was far cheaper to maintain and install.
Innovations such as these can help save the planet and provide returns to contractors.
What innovations have you seen in our temporary construction systems and were they useful?