Hydrogen application focus: How hydrogen is replacing diesel generators

Hydrogen application focus: How hydrogen is replacing diesel generators

We need to use cleaner energy sources if we want to reach net-zero emissions on time. And while a lot of attention in the UK is rightly given to making our energy grid greener, we shouldn’t overlook industries that still rely on polluting generators, like construction, big events, and film production.

To clean up these industries, we need specialised ways to generate green energy off the grid, which is where UK green hydrogen pioneer GeoPura’s Hydrogen Power Unit technology comes in, which could become a vital part of making these industries sustainable.

GeoPura, have recently secured a £36 million investment. The funding round was spearheaded by GM Ventures, the investment division of General Motors, co-led by Barclays Sustainable Impact Capital, and with participation from SWEN CP and Siemens Energy Ventures.

Film production and big events still rely on polluting diesel generators for power. Hydrogen generators emit zero carbon so can heat these sectors to decarbonise.

The investment will enable GeoPura to expand its green hydrogen business, displacing diesel-fuelled generators with emissions-free hydrogen powered alternatives. The investors will also serve as strategic partners to help expand and develop the hydrogen power generation technology.

GeoPura already provides hydrogen power to Balfour Beatty, HS2, National Grid, and the BBC, along with other customers focusing on decarbonisation, swapping out old-school diesel generators with its Hydrogen Power Unit (HPU) tech.

These HPUs come in handy for temporary, extra, off-grid, and backup power. GeoPura aims to extend the use of hydrogen into other tricky-to-green-up parts of our energy system, like EV charging and backup grid power, as we keep moving towards electric everything.


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GeoPura has offices in Nottingham and Newcastle in the UK. Thanks to the £36 million investment, they can make lots of HPUs (Hydrogen Power Units) with the help of their partner Siemens Energy. They’ll also make more green hydrogen to run the units and create green jobs in the North East and across the UK. The aim is then to roll out the technology around the world.

GeoPura’s phase one is to have over 3,600 HPUs up and running by 2033. The units will provide clean, affordable, and reliable power, and in the process, they’ll help get rid of more than six million tonnes of CO2 emissions during their working lives.

Because customers are asking for it, the company is planning to launch several new products that can meet both smaller and bigger power needs. They’ll team up with their new strategic partners to improve the technology necessary for widespread electrification, which is a key part of going green.

CEO Andrew Cunningham says: “Green hydrogen is too often seen as a technology that will happen in the future, but GeoPura and our partners are delivering a commercially viable technology, today. The world can’t afford to wait a decade for green fuels to scale – we must act now.

The buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, 11% of which resulted from manufacturing building materials and products such as steel, cement and glass.

This investment allows us to build on our installed base of HPUs and hydrogen production infrastructure to stimulate the green hydrogen economy, and then expand the use of clean fuels into other hard-to-decarbonise areas of our energy system.

We have secured the right mix of investors, forming strategic partnerships that not only provide the funds to enable us to scale rapidly, but also the skills and resources to accelerate the transition to zero emission fuels. With the support of our investors we can help turn the market on its head and build a green hydrogen economy this decade, not next.”

Harnessing the potential of hydrogen to unlock clean, versatile, and abundant energy sources, is how our industries can ultimately transition to sustainability. Whilst innovative off-grid energy solutions can reduce emissions and pave the way for a more environmentally responsible future.

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