A new lighting tower is helping to brighten up the construction site of the new multi-million pound Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

Taylor Construction Plant’s Ecolite TH200 LED Lighting Tower uses BOC’s HYMERA fuel cell as a sustainable power source. The product has been developed to provide an alternative to traditional diesel lighting for off-grid applications. The fuel cell combines hydrogen and atmospheric oxygen to produce electrical power. The process is described as being “virtually silent”.

Councillor Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council said, “The eco lights fit in with the principles of the AECC development as one of the most sustainable venues in the UK and the use of renewable and low carbon technology on the site. Aberdeen is a leader in hydrogen technology and we’re developing how companies can benefit from this innovative technology, so we’re delighted to be doing this in one of our own developments.”

Aberdeen City Council’s joint venture partner for the new AECC is Henry Boot Developments. Nick Harris,
Scottish director at Henry Boot Developments added, “The use of such an eco-friendly lighting system on site really fits in perfectly with our ambition that the new AECC should be be among the most sustainable venues in the UK, and one that really showcases innovation. It’s great that this ethos is beginning on the construction site, and that the new AECC is setting an example before the building is even complete.”

Principle contractor Robertson and specialist civil engineering contractor Careys are said to support the use of the Ecolite LED lighting tower. John Boghian, regional operations manager at Careys explained, “Careys Civil Engineering are committed to reducing pollution, noise, harmful emissions and using energy efficient products wherever possible. Therefore, using the Ecolite TH200 LED lighting tower on the AECC project was a natural decision for us, given that we were already familiar with the product and its environmental benefits.”

Andrew Barker, managing director at Taylor Construction Plant said, “The use of green construction plant equipment echoes the aims of many new environmentally friendly developments like the new AECC which will have its own Energy Centre to sustainably power the centre and potentially the wider area.”