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Ballard Launches Outdoor Hydrogen Fuel Cells for Telecom Backup Power

October 10, 2013 by Jeff Shepard

Ballard Power Systems has announced the launch of a standardized fuel cell backup power cabinet solution suitable for outdoor deployment as part of the ElectraGenâ„¢ product portfolio for telecom network operators. The new outdoor enclosures are designed to accommodate Ballard's direct hydrogen backup power systems, and feature modular construction and options enabling customization. The new outdoor ElectraGen-H2 backup power solution will be on display at Intelec 2013 in Hamburg, Germany, October 14-17.

"We continue to expand our portfolio of telecom backup power solutions in response to growing market demand," said Tony Cochrane, Ballard Director - Product Management, Telecom Backup Power. "The flexibility of this new outdoor modular power solution, using direct hydrogen fuel, further increases the range of applications in which we can offer unique advantages to telecom operators."

Ballard's new outdoor enclosure is available in two versions, standard and compact. This new enclosure features flat-pack construction, enabling on-site assembly, and permits customizable configuration of Ballard's ElectraGen-H2 direct hydrogen fuel cell backup power system. In addition, the standard cabinet includes an optional cold weather kit allowing operation in temperatures to -40 degrees.

ElectraGen-H2 system features include: Customizable power output; up to 10kW in the standard cabinet, and up to 5kW in the compact cabinet; Battery-free bridging energy available through the use of ultracaps; Fully-integrated power management; Extended duration runtime; Simplified plug and play integration; Small footprint; Zero emissions; and attractive lifecycle cost compared to incumbent solutions.

The ElectraGen-H2 system and new outdoor enclosure are developed, manufactured and distributed by Ballard's backup power subsidiary, Dantherm Power based in Denmark. According to the announcement, today's launch of an integrated outdoor solution for telecom backup power is further evidence of Ballard's fuel cell product leadership, underpinned by acknowledged excellence in technology and validated by a growing base of commercial customers and systems.