element 1 overview

Element 1 is a cross-industry consortium led by BAM which will develop the use of hydrogen as a supplement to lower diesel usage on construction sites, following the approval of a £4,872,653 grant from the UK Government.

The project is funded by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and brings together expertise from construction (BAM & Skanska), plant hire (Flannery & Plantforce), hydrogen sector (ULEMCo, GeoPura, Reynolds Logistics) and Research and Technical Organisation BRE.

The Element 1 project will drive forward hydrogen manufacturing and supply chain efficiency, including off-site and on-site production, off-grid compression, innovative storage and distribution solutions. The system is designed to accelerate diesel replacement on construction sites, by replacing current engines with those capable of using 30-50% hydrogen, vastly reducing diesel usage and enabling existing plant use over its remaining lifecycle, eliminating the carbon footprint of scrapping machinery before the end of its lifespan.

Running for around two years, the project will provide practical solutions which will be demonstrated on operational construction sites.

The project aims to reduce the construction industry’s reliance on fossil fuels and has brought together a variety of contractors and suppliers from across the sector.

partnering for the future

Element 1 seeks to completely eliminate the use of diesel as a fuel on UK construction sites by 2040 and addresses this challenge via a scalable, commercially viable and globally applicable low-­carbon alternative based on the use of hydrogen.


Element 1 integrates state-of-the-art technologies with targeted R&D to address gaps in the end-to-end value chain. It will accelerate the replacement of diesel-using technologies whilst enabling existing plant to continue in use over its remaining lifecycle, accelerating progress towards ‘net zero’.





Latest element 1 news

Visit to GeoPura factory

Visit to GeoPura factory

Representatives of the Element 1 project team attended a visit to the GeoPura site where the Hydrogen Power Units (HPUs) are manufactured by Siemens Energy.

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Industry Event

Industry Event

This week i3P were kindly invited by BAM UK & Ireland to their R&D round table event to discuss hydrogen fuel in the construction industry. Convened by Colin Evison, Innovation Technical Lead at BAM UK & Ireland, guests included clients, contractors,...

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