UK manufacturer Falcon has introduced the first range of hydrogen-powered commercial catering equipment to the industry.
The company has been working for several years on the project, linking with Enertek International, the research and engineering consultants and hydrogen specialists.
Falcon MD Peter McAllister said: “We are incredibly proud to be the first to market with these products. Introducing hydrogen-ready appliances is vital if the foodservice industry is to meet its net-zero carbon commitments.
“The team at Enertek, in conjunction with our research and development, have done a brilliant job in developing the appliances and gaining the necessary approvals and certification.”
Enertek International MD Paul Needley added: “It is a privilege to work in partnership with Falcon on this groundbreaking development, backed by BEIS (The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy) via the Hy4Heat program.”
Falcon’s hydrogen-powered line-up includes a new variant of its Dominator six burner G3101 range as well as chargrills, griddles, grills and fryers. The range of products is designed for on and off-grid use to support the UK government’s efforts to scale up low carbon hydrogen supply.
McAllister detailed: “For the initial launches we’re concentrating on developing hydrogen versions of our best-selling lines, to encourage as many operators as possible to make the swap to hydrogen and reduce their carbon emissions.”
The company is already talking to dealers and customers about the switch to hydrogen.
Falcon believes the hydrogen announcement underlines its ongoing commitment to driving change in the foodservice equipment sector. Recently the company launched the first universal Connected Kitchen, which is compatible not only with any Falcon appliance but also with products from other manufacturers. At the start of 2021 Falcon was also the first foodservice equipment manufacturer to gain the UKCA mark for its products.
McAllister said: “We believe whole-heartedly that hydrogen gas appliances have a major role play to the future of the foodservice industry. These are pioneer products that lead the way in terms of contributing towards a more sustainable future.”