The clocks are going back in a few days and this means darker evenings. Working in the dark doesn’t have to have to involve diesel generators any more. Good news for your employees, the neighbours and the environment.

Construction and maintenance teams need to keep working outdoors when the sun’s gone down, but have long relied on diesel generators to power their temporary lighting.

Diesel generators are environmentally unfriendly because of their carbon and particulate emissions, and subject to strict health and safety conditions.

Employers have to conduct a risk-assessment and then put in place specific working practices to limit workers’ exposure to harmful emissions. Meanwhile, their noise pollution makes them unpopular with the neighbours.

Time to ditch diesel?

Recently, concerns over its negative environmental impact have led to diesel coming under increasing scrutiny. Sales of new diesel cars will be banned in the UK by 2040, while India, Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden all plan to have bans in place before that date. Diesel generators have been banned in Delhi after the city’s air quality entered a ‘red zone’. Against this backdrop, it would be sensible to assume that the future of the diesel internal combustion engine is certain.

When it comes to powering lighting, there’s already a new, greener and more cost-effective solution based on hydrogen, which brings together ground-breaking technology from BOC and TCP.

Introducing hydrogen-powered lighting

The Ecolite-TH200 is the world’s first commercial hydrogen fuel cell lighting tower. It’s powered by BOC’s HYMERA® fuel cell technology and includes 4 GENIE® lightweight hydrogen cylinders. And it’s compliant with Section 61 of the Control of Pollution Act, which relates to noise and light pollution, and ground contamination. Compared to a traditional diesel-generator-powered lighting tower, the Ecolite-TH200 is a quiet and low-carbon solution to night-time working.

Better for the environment and your business

With no internal combustion engine, BOC’s highly efficient hydrogen-powered generator has a very low carbon footprint – much lower than that of a conventional lighting tower which can be as high 2.5kg of CO2 per hour. The hydrogen fuel cell also emits zero particulates.

As well as having little impact on the environment, hydrogen power lighting has a number of other benefits:

  • It fits with the desire to look after the wellbeing of employees
  •  Hydrogen power lighting enables work in locations such as tunnels or underground, where emissions can be a proble
  •  The Ecolite-TH200 can cope with extreme temperatures – from minus10 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius
  • It offers significant cost reductions compared to diesel generators – up to 75% for loads up to 150 watts

Suited to more locations

As it’s virtually silent, the Ecolite-TH200 is ideal for wherever noise pollution must be avoided, including:

  • built-up areas
  •  residential neighbourhoods
  •  near offices

Its hydrogen generator is also good for locations demanding zero risk of contamination, as there’s no chance of fuel seeping into the ground.

And light pollution is avoided because of its controllable and efficient LED light patterns.

User-friendly and automated

The Ecolite-TH200 is a lighting system that’s simple to operate.

The GENIE® lightweight hydrogen cylinders are easy to handle and give long and autonomous run times ─ lasting up to 45 hours per cylinder.

Dusk-to-dawn auto-switching is automated, meaning it can switch itself on at dusk and off at dawn.

Find out more and see hydrogen-powered lighting transform working in the dark, watch the video below or email mark.griffin@boc.com for further information.

Mark Griffin
Clean Fuels Market Development Manager