United Rentals, Stamford, Conn., will add several hydrogen power generators to its North American rental fleet in the coming months. With the generators, United Rentals customers will have a zero-emissions power solution to charge electric vehicles, tools and other equipment, advancing worksite electrification strategies.

The EODev GEH2 fuel cell electro-hydrogen generators bring companies the energy they need without emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbons (HC), nitrogen oxides (NOx) or other particulate matter (PM), the company says. With a compact footprint of approximately 4 ft. by 11 ft., the generators deliver instant power up to 110 kVA (88 kW). They are equipped with the latest hydrogen fuel cells to provide durability and reliability and, in addition to the sustainability benefits, run quieter than traditional generators.

United Rentals has acquired the generators from Generac, a distribution partner for EODev. The generators join emissions-free aerial lifts, trucks, vans, compact excavators, e-dumpsters, battery systems and more already in the United Rentals portfolio of environmentally friendly rental equipment. United Rentals expects to deploy the generators during the fourth quarter of 2022 and in 2023. 

“By providing a zero-emissions power solution, United Rentals continues to demonstrate leadership in helping worksites expand electrification in construction and industrial rental sectors,” said David Scott, United Rentals senior vice president of specialty operations. “We can assist companies as they work to close the sustainability loop by providing the power they need without generating harmful emissions to charge electric vehicles and equipment, and more.”

Included among the applications for GEH2 generators are construction worksites; confined environments such as tunnels, mines and enclosed spaces; entertainment venues including concerts; sports events; and many other markets where emission-free power is desired.

“United Rentals is an excellent partner for our emissions-free generators because our companies share a vision to provide innovative solutions that help customers reduce their carbon footprint and environmental impact,” said Stéphane Jardin, chief commercial officer, EODev. “With its eco-friendly solutions, United Rentals is leading the way in helping construction and industrial companies build a more sustainable future.”

United Rentals has set a goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its business by 35 percent by 2030, from 2018 levels. More information about the company’s environmental management strategy can be found on the Sustainability at United Rentals webpage.

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