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Atlas Copco Rental Europe adds hydrogen-based solution to the fleet

May 20, 2021

In today’s fast-changing and dynamic world, the race to carbon neutrality is going at full speed. Today, Atlas Copco Rental enters the future with a brand new technology.  For decades, Atlas Copco Rental’s fleet consisted of both electric- and diesel-driven equipment. Our fleet is not only compliant with current regulations and standards but surpasses them as well. Even when customers only temporarily rely on our Total Solutions, they can still meet – and potentially exceed – sustainability goals. Today, Atlas Copco Rental has the decisiveness to expand its fleet and pioneers even more efficient technologies. Introducing a third technology to our fleet: hydrogen.

Innovation happens in The Lab

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In our fast-changing and dynamic world, the race to carbon neutrality is going at full speed. The term “future-proof” finally applies to “now.” Our fleet consists of electric- and diesel-driven equipment and is not only compliant with current regulations and standards but surpasses them as well. Even when customers only temporarily rely on our Total Solutions, they can still meet – potentially exceed – sustainability goals.

Today, Atlas Copco Rental Europe has the decisiveness to expand the fleet and pioneer newer and even more efficient technologies. We work in a fast-paced environment and time and speed are both of the essence. Time because we have to act now to ensure we’ll be around tomorrow. Not just our business, but our very planet. Speed because our customers need our services fast and the quicker we can innovate, the more we’re ahead of our competition.

When our customers need a solution to optimize their day-to-day operations that does not exist, we can do two things: shake our heads or create the solutions ourselves. Thanks to the Atlas Copco Rental Europe Concept Lab, we are in the driver seat and innovate with in-the-field experience and real-life applications in mind. Hydrogen is the next logical step for us.

Bob Zegers , General Manager Atlas Copco Rental Europe

Introducing the H2-45 power generator: 100% emission-free energy

Next to diesel-driven Power Modules -compliant with the stringiest regulatory guidelines – Atlas Copco Rental adds hydrogen-powered generators to its fleet. While we are not the first to implement H2-technology in the Rental market, and most certainly not the last, we are doing it our way.

Our H2-45 is a 45 kW autonomous power generator and operates 100% on hydrogen, which brings emissions down to the lowest possible number: ZERO. The unit, equipped with a weatherproof and sound reducing canopy, can withstand harsh outdoor conditions and operate in low emission zones.
While electricity is the tip of the spear in the global green energy transition, its source is often discussed. That is where hydrogen-based solutions come in. No more debatable ecological decisions or energy/fuel sources. The H2-45 is ideal for applications such as short-term or mobile off-grid electric vehicle charging stations, powering (outdoor) events, urban construction site applications, and many, many more. While hydrogen will eventually be the fuel of choice, it is often regarded as a byproduct in many plants and industries. By aligning energy consumption with on-site H2 generation and storage, an evolution to cost-competitiveness can be guaranteed and sustainability goals exceeded. With the H2-45, we can assist anyone looking to transition away from traditional fuels by demonstrating the benefits, even on a smaller scale, with our short- or long-term Rental Solution.

The H2-45 has been conceived, engineered, and developed in-house by the Atlas Copco Rental Europe Concept Lab. Engineering and ingenuity at its finest. While electric-driven solutions are becoming increasingly important, it’s essential to keep looking ahead. With this new unit in our fleet, we are doing just that. More from our Concept Lab coming soon.

The H2-45 prototype is in its final stage of construction and preliminary testing. We will proceed with vigorous in-the-field testing to measure runtime, parameters, and performance in the upcoming weeks. As well as safety features and basic functionality. At that point, we will proceed to the final production units.

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At Atlas Copco, we have been turning industrial ideas into business-critical benefits since 1873. By listening to our customers and knowing their needs, we deliver value and innovate with the future in mind. 

Great ideas reinforce sustainable development. At Atlas Copco Specialty Rental, we team up with our customers to set up state-of-the-art temporary air, flow, steam and nitrogen solutions. Our passionate experts have extensive application and equipment knowledge. We understand our customers' needs and can provide a total solution for any industry, no matter if it is for emergencies or planned projects. We are a division of the Power Technique business area, headquartered in Boom, Belgium and offer specialty rental solutions under several brands around the globe.