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JCB unveils hydrogen digger, boosting Britain's green economy initiatives

The father and the son have joined forces to create the world?s first hydrogen digger. (Image source: JCB)

JCB chairman Lord Bamford and his son Jo, who runs Ryse Hydrogen and Wrightbus, have created the world?s first hydrogen digger, catering to hydrogen revolution and aiming to boost Britains green economy initiatives

The hydrogen digger is set to enable JCB to continue boosting the zero and low-carbon technologies.

The father and the son have spent two years working on the construction industry?s first ever hydrogen-powered excavator and a further year testing the prototype.

The 20-tonne 220X excavator powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has been undergoing rigorous testing at JCB?s quarry proving grounds. The exciting development means JCB is the first construction equipment company in the world to unveil a working prototype of an excavator powered by hydrogen.

The development comes after JCB made manufacturing history last year by going into full production with the construction industry?s first fully electric mini excavator, the 19C-1E. JCB has extended electric technology to its innovative Teletruk telescopic forklift range with the launch of an electric model, the JCB 30-19E.

Through constant innovation and design improvements, JCB has been exploring the way on clean diesel technology to meet Stage V EU emissions regulations and has almost eradicated the most harmful emissions from its latest range of diesel engines. Nitrous Oxide (NOx) is down 97 per cent, soot particulates down by 98 per cent and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions down by almost half.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said, ?The development of the first hydrogen-fuelled excavator is very exciting as we strive towards a zero carbon world.

 ?In the coming months JCB will continue to develop and refine this technology with advanced testing of our prototype machine and we will continue to be at the forefront of technologies designed to build a zero carbon future.?

?I truly believe hydrogen is the UK?s best opportunity to build a world-leading industry which creates UK jobs, cuts emissions and is the envy of the globe.?

Power for JCB?s prototype excavator is generated by reacting hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to create the energy needed to run electric motors. The only emission from the exhaust is water.