To coincide with Clean Air Day today, nmcn has introduced a diesel-free welfare unit to its fleet.
For the past year, nmcn has worked closely with Genquip Groundhog, which specialises in mobile welfare units complete with office and canteen space, to produce the twin axle FC500 Fusion Pulse – a sustainable alternative to diesel generated welfare units.
The unit uses innovative HogCell technology – the latest concept in fuel cell technology – to deliver a cost-effective, environmentally friendly, robust and easy-to-use solution.
The welfare unit was delivered to the nmcn team at Heathfield, Exeter after the Accommodation team completed three months of static testing. The unit will provide power in all weather conditions, sustain a long operating life and is maintenance-free.
Rob Walsh, Plant & Transport Director at nmcn said: “We’re so delighted to have the first ever diesel-free welfare unit in our fleet. Harnessing solar power in combination with a methanol fuel cell, which provides a worlds first in relation to welfare”
“It not only supports our ongoing commitment to the environment and ‘Our Impact’ priority for our Positive Impact Plan, it will also help us achieve our carbon reduction goals. The unit provides an immediate 100% reduction in nitrogen oxides, sulphur oxides and diesel particulate as well as offering reliable and economic power that is safe and silent.”
“We are nearing the stage of reporting the data analysis of this unit compared to those that are not as kind to the environment. We expect this research to demonstrate a clear positive environmental impact, driving greater use of FC500 models in the future on sites across the business.”
Key features of the welfare unit includes – canteen facilities for up to eight people, an office, a drying room and solar panels. It also features a battery monitoring system that senses low voltage to automatically start fuel cell, low wattage heating, water heating and LED lighting.
The ‘Our Impact’ priority of nmcn’s Positive Impact Plan, focusses on growing the business while reducing our impact by being less carbon-intensive, being a positive contributor to biodiversity and promoting a sustainable supply chain.
Clean Air Day brings together communities, businesses, schools and the health sector to improve public understanding of air pollution, build awareness of how air pollution affects our health and explain the easy actions we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect the environment and our health.
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