The Ecolite-TH2 lighting tower from BOC and Taylor Construction Plant Ltd (TCP) is the world’s first commercial low energy LED hydrogen fuel cell powered lighting tower. It has been developed as a result of a partnership between TCP and BOC, the UK’s largest industrial and medical gases business and a member of The Linde Group.
With no internal combustion engine, the tower provides zero carbon site emissions and noise-free lighting. Where off-grid lighting is required, the Ecolite-TH2 is the perfect environmentally friendly alternative to conventional diesel-powered units.
One of the UK’s leading engineering solution providers, Costain, has been using the Ecolite-TH2 lighting tower while delivering major improvements to the Great Eastern Main Line as part of Network Rail’s railway upgrade plan including works to prepare for the arrival of Crossrail services.
The railway industry’s safety culture means much of the upgrade work needs to be carried out at night when train are not running.
Being aware of the importance of minimising the impact of its works on line-side neighbours and communities, Costain is committed to minimising its environmental impact, including CO2 emissions and noise pollution.
Stewart Dow, BOC’s Fuel Cell Product Manager, said “BOC is extremely pleased and proud that Costain has chosen to use the Ecolite-TH2 to provide environmentally friendly lighting while working for Network Rail to deliver the necessary improvements to the Great Eastern Main Line as part of a significant infrastructure project being undertaken in the UK.”
Geraldine Simak, Environmental Manager for Costain said: “It is vitally important for Costain to reduce the effects of pollution in and around our sites and to demonstrate our responsibility to this cause, whilst going about our day-to-day activities. The use of the Ecolite-TH2 lighting unit on our project has significantly enhanced our mission to protect the environment by reducing our carbon emissions and the noise impact of our work on Network Rail’s lineside neighbours.”
The Ecolite-TH2 tower is designed to take two GENIE hydrogen cylinders, offering ease of handling and long runtimes, and operates as a battery hybrid. It is compliant with the requirements under Section 61 relating to pollution, including light and noise pollution, ground contamination.
Benefits of the Ecolite-TH2 lighting tower include:
- Zero local environmental impact
- Efficient LED lighting
- Fully autonomous run time between 45 to 750 hours
- Automated with dusk to dawn auto switching
- No light pollution
- Controllable light patterns
- Fully integrated with GENIE H2 cylinders.
In addition to the Ecolite-TH2 lighting tower, Costain is also using the WH2 Fuel Cell Wheel Barrow unit, which incorporates one GENIE cylinder. Particularly useful for platform construction applications, the latest version of the WH2 incorporates a twin light head, providing the optimum output for particular site tasks, with the added benefits of being silent and emission free.