Air Liquide/Axane to Provide Fuel Cell to Bouygues Telecom

November 30, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

Air Liquide (Paris, France), and its wholly owned subsidiary Axane (France), announced a new contract with Bouygues Telecom where Air Liquide and Axane will provide the telecom operator with a 2 kW RollerPac™ fuel cell, together with the hydrogen and services needed to run it.

The fuel cell will supply continuous supply to a Bouygues Telecom pylon located in Menville, near Toulouse. A remote surveillance system will enable Air Liquide’s local teams to anticipate any maintenance needs. This operation will serve as a means of testing fuel cell technology incorporating a hydrogen supply, as an alternative primary or back-up energy source for GSM antennas located in isolated areas, which are not easily connected to the conventional electricity grid.

Air Liquide Vice President of Research, Development and Technologies Francois Jackow stated, "This project is perfectly in keeping with our initiative for the development of hydrogen as a clean energy source. Based on the results of this trial, we expect to extend our collaboration with Bouygues Telecom, installing fuel cells at other isolated sites on its telecommunications network."