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United Rentals to add zero-emission hydrogen power generators to North American rental fleet

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An EODev GEH2 electro-hydrogen fuel cell generator Source: United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. will add several hydrogen power generators to its North American rental fleet in the coming months. With the generators, United Rentals will have a zero-emissions power solution available to rent. The generator can charge electric vehicles, tools, and other equipment.

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). With a compact footprint of about 4 feet by 11 feet, the generators deliver power up to 110 kVA (88 kW). They are equipped with the latest hydrogen fuel cells and provide ideal durability and reliability. In addition to the sustainability benefits, they also run much 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.

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," says Stéphane Jardin, chief commercial officer of EODev.

United Rentals has set a goal of reducing the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of its business by 35 percent by 2030, from 2018.

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