Hydrogen fuel cells can effectively power mobile lighting towers

October 1, 2014 0 By John Max

Report from Sandia National Laboratories highlights the viability of fuel cells

Mobile lighting systems that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells may be a viable lighting option for entertainment events and construction sites. The results of a multi-year study from Sandia National Laboratories shows that fuel cell lighting towers could be an effective replacement for traditional lighting towers that are powered by diesel generators. The research endeavor from Sandia National Laboratories was supported by 14 institutional partners, including Boeing, and the California Department of Transportation.

Fuel cells continue to gain traction outside the transportation sector

Fuel cells have been attracting a great deal of attention in recent years, but mostly in the transportation sector where they are being used to power a new generation of vehicles. Beyond transportation, fuel cells are often used as industrial energy systems and in the materials handling space. These energy systems can be useful for mobile lighting solutions, however, as they can generate electrical power quietly and without also producing any harmful emissions.

Mobile lighting towers are quite common throughout the world

Hydrogen Fuel - Light TowerMobile lighting towers are often used for various purposes. They are used for sporting and entertainment events quite regularly and are common at construction sites. Mobile lighting towers can also be found at airports in most parts of the world. Many of the organizations that make use of these mobile lighting towers are looking for ways to embrace renewable energy more effectively. Fuel cells may be one of the best ways to accomplish this goal.

Report shows that fuel cells are a viable option, but they are still quite expensive

Hydrogen fuel cells have received some harsh criticism over the years. These energy systems are often seen as too expensive to be considered a viable alternative to traditional generators. They are, however, more capable of generating electrical power and their environmentally friendly nature could make them an attractive solution. The report from Sandia National Laboratories shows that these energy systems can be quite useful, but whether or not companies will be willing to spend money on fuel cells is not certain.