New hydrogen fuel cell system launched by Ballard Power SystemsOctober 16, 2013
Ballard reveals new hydrogen fuel cell system
Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced the launch of a new fuel cell system that is designed specifically for the telecommunications sector. Fuel cells have been growing more common in the telecommunications industry because of their ability to produce reliable electrical power independent of an existing energy grid. The growing demand for mobile technology and its associated services has led many companies to erect new communications towers in remote locations. Without a reliable energy source, these towers would not be able to function properly.
System to provide backup power to telecommunications companies
The new fuel cell systems from Ballard Power are part of the company’s ElectraGen line of products. The new fuel cells are designed to operate as a backup power source, providing electrical power to network towers in the event of natural disasters or when primary energy systems fail to operate as intended. The system includes an outdoor enclosure, which can be customized to suit the needs of any particular application. The system is also designed to be assembled on-site, removing the need for any extensive technical understanding of hydrogen fuel cells.
Hydrogen fuel continues to grow in popularity
Hydrogen fuel cells are not only popular in the telecommunications industry for their uses as backup power systems. Some companies are using fuel cells as primary power sources for their network towers. Some of these companies have taken a liking to fuel cells because of the fact that they do not produce any harmful emissions. More companies within the telecommunications industry are working to distance themselves from fossil-fuels in order to comply with the emissions regulations that are becoming increasingly common throughout the world.
System can be customized for various applications
The new hydrogen fuel system from Ballard Power comes in two versions: Standard and compact. The standard version boasts of an energy capacity of 10 kilowatts, while the compact version can produce up to 5 kilowatts of electrical power. Both versions of the fuel cell system feature integrated power management technology, allowing them to be customized to the needs of their users.