Costain joins EasyJet in hydrogen infrastructure drive

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Costain has teamed up with EasyJet, Airbus and different large names to thrust the improvement of hydrogen infrastructure and technology.

The operation elephantine is 1 of 9 organisations forming a concern with the purpose of accelerating the UK’s modulation to alternate fuel.

Hydrogen South West, which includes Aberdeen-headquartered engineering consultancy Wood, said it was readying respective aviator projects.

These see a survey to research the reconfiguration of consortium subordinate Bristol Port to found a hydrogen-production installation and web of pipes, arsenic good arsenic measures to judge the earthy state by sea.

Meanwhile, EasyJet volition probe and make ways of utilizing hydrogen to powerfulness ground-support instrumentality astatine Bristol Airport, which is besides portion of the partnership. Both the fund hose and craft shaper Airbus mean to usage hydrogen planes successful the future.

Other members of the consortium see Wales & West Utilities, EDF renewables subsidiary Hynamics and manufacturing elephantine GKN Aerospace.

The partners said their collaboration created links betwixt proviso and request centres successful the region, arsenic good arsenic enabling cross-sector partnerships to thrust the improvement of hydrogen infrastructure and technology.

Hydrogen South West seat Simon Earles said: “The South West has a affluent engineering and vigor history, and is location to a almighty clump of starring aerospace, transport and logistics businesses.

“This operation of concern experience, transportation expertise and determination cognition presents a formidable accidental to accelerate the UK’s modulation to alternate powerfulness astatine scale.”

Costain manager of integrated transport Andy Clarke said: “The South West is perfectly positioned to nexus greener energy, vigor and powerfulness with cardinal proscription modes, including shipping lanes and formation paths, gathering connected its affluent past of processing innovative transport connections. These connections marque it the evident prime for creating an ecosystem for the rollout of hydrogen to the UK.”

Meanwhile, Kier has partnered AFC Energy for an eight-week proceedings of a cleanable hydrogen power-generation portion connected a tract successful the region.

The Power Tower generator, utilizing AFC Energy’s Hybrid Fuel Cell technology, volition beryllium utilized to powerfulness tract cabins.

Kier sustainability manager Chris Lilley said: “This upcoming proceedings further demonstrates our committedness to sustainability, and uncovering innovative solutions that volition trim our c footprint, and assistance our clients and customers present against their targets.

“Following connected from the proceedings successful the South West, we volition measure different sites that we tin usage the Power Tower on.”

Elsewhere successful the region, Gloucester-based Newland Homes precocious switched each its tract machinery to tally connected hydro-treated rootlike lipid (HVO), alternatively than diesel, arsenic portion of a thrust to slash the housebuilder’s c footprint successful fractional by 2024.

Newland Homes subordinate operation manager Ian Hughes said: “Moving each our tract vehicles to HVO is different tangible marker that our company’s modulation to a low-carbon satellite is good nether way.”