Hydrogenics Completes Successful Fuel Cell Test

September 18, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Hydrogenics Corp. (Mississauga, ON) announced the successful testing of the HyUPS™ regenerative backup fuel cell power generator at a cellular tower site provided by Nextel Communications. Hydrogenics installed the 25kW prototype generator at the site in early July 2002 and subjected it to a rigorous test protocol over a two-month period. The unit was required to respond to simulated, as well as actual, power failures.

During the test, the unit's performance not only met the high expectations of Hydrogenics and Nextel but also produced instantaneous power exceeding the quality characteristics of the local utility grid during each power outage. Unlike battery alternatives, the unit powered both dc and ac loads for the site's electronics and air conditioning. To test durability in the event of an extended outage, it operated continuously at full load for a period of four hours.