Nixon Hire adds to renewables fleet

By Belinda Smart23 June 2022

UK rental company Nixon Hire has expanded its renewables division with the introduction of a new solar hybrid generator from sustainable lighting, power and security specialist Prolectric. The deal will also see Nixon and Prolectric collaborate on product development.

A Nixon Hire Solar Smart Frame. (Photo: Nixon Hire.)

Nixon, which supplies site equipment including plant, site accommodation and portable toilets, confirmed the move was a response to ongoing demand for sustainable products, along with those that help reduce costs. 

The company has placed what’s described as “a major order” with Prolectric to add the ProPower solar hybrid generator to the Nixon renewables offering. The “initial investment” comprises an unspecified number of solar hybrid generators for hire to customer sites nationwide.

“With every solar hybrid generator hired, as a combined package, Nixon Hire customers will also receive a smart Erica Energy Management Tool to provide real time monitoring and data capturing. This powerful tool can help customers work out how to reduce their power wastage and lower their on-site carbon emissions.”

Rachel Preen - Commercial Director, Prolectric, confirmed Nixon Hire had also started collaborating with Prolectric’s R&D team “and making a valuable contribution to our product development programme.”

“This deal has the power to bring about change - helping companies and entire key sectors operate in a cleaner, greener and more innovative way.”

Nick Hibbard - UK Division Manager - Renewables, Nixon Hire said, “We are truly committed to helping customers reduce their onsite carbon emissions and our new deal with Prolectric allows us to add to this offering – a real positive for Nixon Hire and our customers.”

A battery pack from Nixon Hire. (Photo: Nixon Hire.)

Nixon Hire’s renewables division was launched in 2018, with the introduction of the H20 Solar Pod - a self-contained unit which combined solar PV, battery storage, a back up generator and 400 litre fuel tank to sustainably power sites. More products have been added to the fleet year on year.

The renewables fleet also includes Solar Pods with space-saving retractable panels and able to sustainably power as many as seven cabins in the summer months.

Another key product line is Solar Welfarevans – a mobile welfare solution featuring a full canteen, unisex toilet and a roof mounted solar PV panel.

Also offered are Solar Loos, self-contained and up to 96% CO2 efficient, designed to produce sustainable free energy whilst providing sanitary facilities.

The fleet also includes Solar Street Lights - which use solar energy to provide bright light through powerful battery powered LED bulbs and produce zero local emissions - as well as solar only lighting towers.

For charging small tools and electric tools on site, Solar Smart Pods - standalone solar charging stations with a back-up generator and built in battery bank - are offered. 

Meanwhile Solar Smart Frames are “plug and play” frames designed to make cabins a renewable energy source. They can be roof mounted or freestanding and used in conjunction with Solar Pods to power whole site setups.

Nixon also supplies freestanding electric vehicle chargers and a range of battery banks for powering sites.

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