Hydrogen powered floodlights and vehicles

Sites should be seeking to minimise their impact on the environment by using low-emission technology where possible.

See the examples below for how one site addressed this:

  • The site needed floodlights to work during evenings and through the night. Instead of traditional diesel lights the team used a hydrogen system which has the following benefits:
    Green: Diesel produces ozone-damaging emissions whereas hydrogen technology produces nothing but clean power and water vapour, making it emission-free on site and reducing your carbon output.
    Silent: Because hydrogen power comes from a chemical reaction between bottled hydrogen and oxygen in the surrounding air, these lighting towers are largely silent operating at 30Db. That means less distractions on site, fewer complaints from local residents, and less interference with sound recording.
    Safe: Unlike diesel, which pools on the ground and presents a fire risk, hydrogen rises rapidly into the atmosphere. That means that it has less chance of igniting and, if it leaks indoors, it gathers at ceiling height posing no suffocation risk to operators.
    Portable: These ultra-portable units can fit on walkways, down corridors, and into confined spaces, making them a versatile solution to on-location lighting. These towers can run for 72 continuous hours from their two included containers of gas.
    No glare: The prismatic lenses provide light only where it is needed, meaning less light pollution, reduced glare, and the ability to set up lighting near cameras without it bleeding on-camera. Plus, the LEDs use wavelengths that cause less strain on the eye and are less damaging to night vision, reducing the occupational risks of working under bright lights.
  • In addition to the floodlights, two small vans have been purchased and used around the site and in the area which are powered by hydrogen.

Further information on the hydrogen cars

Footer Reference

Monitor report. Northern Gas Networks. Newcastle. April 2018.


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