The Gen-ZE project will further strengthen Bramble Energy’s relationship with the construction sector as it develops, tests and trials a ruggedised, portable hydrogen fuel cell generator.
Bramble Energy has been awarded government funding from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the £40 million Red Diesel Replacement competition which aims to support the development and demonstration of low carbon fuel and system alternatives to red diesel for the construction, and mining and quarrying sectors.
Within the Gen-ZE project Bramble Energy will develop, test and trial a ruggedised, portable hydrogen fuel cell generator demonstrating a zero-emission solution to replace diesel generators targeted for the construction sector. Bramble’s printed circuit board fuel cell (PCBFC™) technology offers cost advantages over conventional fuel cells, and the simplified, robust design using PCBs will be demonstrated to meet the construction sectors needs for zero-emission portable power generation.
Vidal Bharath, COO at Bramble Energy comments: “The years of heavily subsidised red diesel across our construction sites has now come to an end and net zero targets for the industry are firmly in place. Now is the time we must look to viable clean alternatives that can be scaled quickly and offered the same subsidisation afforded by fossil fuels.”
Throughout the project Bramble Energy will work with UK construction companies, who will input into the design requirements and act as first adopters to trial the fuel cell technology. The project will also look to develop a strategy for the supply of green hydrogen and refuelling solution for the GenZE fuel cell generator. The commercial case of supplying construction sites with green hydrogen will be assessed with input from a range of hydrogen and infrastructure suppliers to deliver a commercial roadmap to decarbonising construction sites.
Bharath continues: “Hydrogen fuel cells operate in a similar manner to current diesel solutions, making their adoption relatively simple. They require less servicing and allow operators to maintain productivity whilst protecting the health and safety of site workers. The implementation of clean energy technologies like hydrogen will have a positive impact on the construction industry moving forward.”
Bramble Energy is powering a net zero world – today – and is proving to be a real game changer in solving key challenges in the production of hydrogen fuel cells including: lead times, up-front investment, manufacturing cost and scalability.
Co-founded in 2016 by Dr. Tom Mason, in the research labs at Imperial College of London and University College of London, Bramble Energy through revolutionary fuel cell design and manufacturing techniques, has developed the unique printed circuit board (PCB) fuel cell – the PCBFC™. A patent protected fuel cell that can be manufactured in almost all printed circuit board (PCB) factories worldwide.
Home for Bramble Energy is a state-of-the-art facility in Gatwick, UK, where it has launched its portable power product range and is developing its high-power density, liquid-cooled fuel cell systems under the same scalable low-cost technology platform.
The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, research innovation, energy and clean growth along with climate change.
This funding has been made available from the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which looks to accelerate the commercialisation of low-carbon technologies and systems, through its Red Diesel Replacement competition.