U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Clean Cities

Fuel Cell Powered Mobile Lighting System Wins Prestigious Editor's Choice Award

March 14, 2011

The first fuel cell powered mobile light, the Multiquip H2LT Light Tower Series, was introduced at the 2011 World of Concrete Show and won the prestigious Editor's Choice Award for Most Innovative Product in the General Tools and Equipment Category.

Used in the construction, aviation ground support, and entertainment industries, the vast majority of similar mobile lighting is powered by diesel combustion engines. A fuel cell-powered mobile lighting system running on hydrogen produced from renewables used in lieu of a diesel engine reduces NOx and PM emissions by nearly 100%. Fuel cell powered mobile lighting also significantly reduces noise, achieving near silent operation. Multiquip's H2LT Light Tower Series combines a fuel cell design and extendable 30-foot mast in a towable package and was recently demonstrated at the Academy and Golden Globe Awards.

Prototype development at Multiquip was supported by Sandia National Laboratory through the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Program. Multiquip is one of the leading manufacturers of construction equipment for the equipment rental industry. Development partners include Altergy Systems and Ovonic Hydrogen Solutions.

Mobile lighting is an emerging application for fuel cell technology, with a market potential of tens of thousands of units. Mobile lighting can be used in the construction industry for road maintenance, general construction, and industrial applications; in the aviation ground support industry in support of general airport operations and servicing of commercial aircrafts; and in the entertainment industry for stage and event lighting.