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Brett Trials Clean Alternative To Red Diesel Generators

Brett is partnering AFC Energy to trial hydrogen generators as an alternative to red diesel generators at quarry sites. The more sustainable power source “flex fuel” fuel cell systems, provide clean electricity for on and off grid applications.

The technology has been pioneered over the past twelve years in the UK and is now able to be used in electric vehicle chargers, off-grid decentralised power systems and data centre applications.

AFC Energy, a leading provider of hydrogen power generation technologies, has, along with its consortium partners, been awarded a grant of up to £4.8m from the UK Government’s red diesel replacement programme (“RDR”), which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes through this decade and next.

Bill Brett, Chairman, Brett Group, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with AFC Energy in the development of clean energy power generation alternatives to accelerate the replacement of diesel generation and supporting the decarbonisation of the building materials industry."

The ultimate objective is the complete displacement of incumbent diesel usage on remote sites, which will further highlight the increasing role hydrogen fuel is playing in the decarbonisation of sectors such as construction, quarrying and mining.

Adam Bond, Chief Executive Officer at AFC Energy, said: 

“Having successfully delivered on our commitment to field deploy multiple H-Power Tower Generators with customers and partners over the past eighteen months, it is clear industry is increasingly ready to transition away from polluting diesel generators at construction and temporary power sites.  Confirmation of our consortium’s success in the Government’s RDR Programme is a nationally significant funding commitment that demonstrates the commitment by governments and industry to decarbonise off-grid power generation through zero emission hydrogen fuelled generators.” 

The consortium partners are:

Brett Aggregates - part of Brett Group, which is the largest independent building materials group in the UK; and

Energy Solutions - a UK based provider of hybrid battery and energy storage solutions.