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Hydrogen fuel cell for museum gardens

Lighting at the recent launch of the Natural History Museum's new Courtyard area was lpowered by hydrogen fuel cells – a greener and more pleasant alternative to diesel generators.

Event lighting supplier White Light brought innovative power technology to London’s Natural History Museum recently, to help the museum celebrate the launch of its new Courtyard outdoor area. This is part of the landmark building’s dramatic Darwin Centre extension.

Powering the lighting for the event were two new HyLight hydrogen fuel-cell systems, just a few days after their official launch. The technology is compact, silent and non-polluting – the only waste product is a tiny amount of water; and it powers high-efficiency colour-changing LED lighting fixtures to give a self-contained lighting system highly suited to lighting gardens and other outdoor spaces. As such, it offers an attractive alternative to noisy diesel generators.

“We were very pleased to be able to use the new HyLight hydrogen fuel cell system,” commented Zoe Watts, the Natural History Museum’s head of events. “They are silent with no emissions – perfect for the Darwin Centre’s gardens, with their proximity to our residents, and also for complying with the museum’s sustainability policy.”

“Having the ability to deliver instant power with minimum impact to the environment has to be the way forward for the events industry,” commented White Light’s Richard Wilson. “We are delighted to be leading the way in this area, and look forward to putting HyLight to use on many more projects in the future.”

As well as lighting the gardens, White Light’s team, led by lighting designer Jason Larcombe, made use of a range of other low-powered, high-output LED lighting equipment and wireless control technology to highlight the architecture of the Darwin Centre itself as dusk fell.

Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum