BOC and TCP combine forces to develop world first in lighting

DSC_0298_80_564kbBOC, the UK & Ireland’s largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment, has partnered with Taylor Construction Plant Ltd (TCP) to develop the world’s first low energy LED, hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting tower. Powered by BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell technology, the Ecolite-H2 tower provides – at point of delivery – carbon-free, emission-free and noise-free lighting. The award-winning* Ecolite-H2 lighting tower incorporates BOC’s innovative GENIE lightweight hydrogen cylinder and is fully autonomous, with a run time of between 50 and 750 hours depending upon fuel cylinder configuration and features dusk to dawn auto switching.

With no internal combustion engine or harmful emissions, Ecolite-H2 can be used in areas where emissions from diesel or petrol engines are an issue. This makes Ecolite-H2 suitable for locations where traditional lighting towers cannot be used. It is also ideal for environmentally sensitive areas where there must be zero risk of contamination. The Ecolite-H2 tower is designed to take two GENIE hydrogen cylinders, offering ease of handling and long run times, and operates as a battery hybrid.

The Ecolite-H2 lighting tower is a world first

BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell produces energy by combining hydrogen with oxygen (from the atmosphere) to produce electricity and water. There are no carbon or particulate emissions as would be the case with a conventional diesel powered generator. In addition, the process is virtually silent which is important for work at night, in built-up areas and enclosed spaces.

Another major benefit of the Ecolite-H2 is that it is engineered using today’s high-efficiency technologies including the low-energy LED lighting from Prismalence. As we achieve ever-reducing lighting loads through the use of the innovative lighting technology loads what would be unsuitable for even the smallest diesel generator to support can be cost effectively run on the HYMERA.

Features of the Ecolite-H2 lighting tower include:

  • Operational in enclosed ventilated places
  • Low energy LED lighting
  • Fully autonomous run time between 25 to 750 hours*
  • Automated with dusk to dawn auto switching
  • Reduced light pollution
  • Controllable light patterns
  • Fully integrated GENIE cylinder
  • Reduced built environment impact

The Ecolite-H2 is also compliant with the requirements under Section 61 relating to pollution, including light and noise pollution, ground contamination.

Nathan Palmer, BOC Director of Bulk and Packaged Gases, commented: “BOC is committed to hydrogen as a fuel and the launch of the Ecolite-H2 tower proves that this is not just something for the future but is a deliverable today. Our partnership with TCP is an exciting venture that will enable both companies to accelerate the use of fuel cells and hydrogen within the construction, rail and many other industries.”

Andrew Barker, TCP’s Managing Director added “TCP is proud to be playing our part in the development and use of hydrogen as a ‘Clean Fuel’ and is committed to seeing an early adoption of this hydrogen economy across a wide range of industries – particularly within the built environment”.

The Ecolite-H2 Tower brings together ground-breaking technologies from both BOC and TCP and is part of a range of temporary lighting equipment available to the rental sector as well as directly to end-users.

*The Ecolite H2 won first place in the 2013 Skanksa Supply Chain Green Solution awards.

Railtex, 12th
to 14th May 2015

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