IGX Group successfully demonstrates new hydrogen fuel solutionSeptember 9, 2013
New fueling system could benefit hydrogen fuel cells
The IGX Group, a supplier of high purity industrial gases, has recently performed its first on-site fueling of a fuel cell-powered mobile lighting unit at the San Francisco International Airport. The company has been developing innovative fueling technology that could benefit fuel cells that are meant for various purposes. At the San Francisco International Airport, the IGX Group successfully demonstrated the capabilities of this technology, which was the first step in drawing attention to this new fueling solution.
Technology allows lighting solutions to remain active during fueling process
Notably, the fueling technology from IGX means that lighting units can remain stationary while their fuel cells are being replenished. This seemingly simple feature allows lighting units to remain active during the fueling process, which could be a major convenience for those using such units. Conventional fueling solutions require lighting units to be taken offline during the fueling process.
Project aims to replace older technology with hydrogen fuel cells
IGX’s new fueling technology is part of a project being led by Sandia National Laboratories. The project is funded in part by Boeing and the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The lighting units that are part of the project are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells developed by Altergy Systems. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop a modern, emissions-free lighting system that can replace those that have long relied on diesel generators.
Project’s lighting solutions used in various industries
The lighting units that are targeted by the project are quite common in various sectors. These units are used in construction, aviation, and live enertai8nment events throughout the country. The majority of these units are powered by diesel generators, which produce a significant amount of noise and pollution. Hydrogen fuel cells can generate electrical power without producing much noise. These energy systems do not produce any harmful emissions as well, making them an attractive alternative to more conventional energy solutions.