Hydrogenics Unveils HyUPS Power Generator

November 04, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Hydrogenics Corp. (Mississauga, ON) unveiled their HyUPS backup power product at the Tower Summit 2001 telecommunications show and conference in Las Vegas, NV, on October 29-30, 2001. The HyUPS fuel cell power generator is a stationary power product co-developed by Hydrogenics and General Motors Corp. (Detroit, MI) to meet critical backup power needs across multiple markets. The initial target market for this product is the telecommunications industry.

The HyUPS provides solutions to the many problems associated with the diesel gensets and battery banks that are currently providing backup for telecom towers. The prototype unit is capable of delivering 25kW of power output and has regenerative capabilities. An integrated electrolyzer recharges the hydrogen supply after grid power has been re-established, essentially providing a low-maintenance self-fueling system.

Pierre Rivard, president and CEO of Hydrogenics, stated, “The unveiling of our HyUPS backup power generator is the first public manifestation of the meaning behind the alliance between Hydrogenics and General Motors. It very clearly demonstrates the strength of our jointly applied expertise involving GM's superior stack technology and Hydrogenics' system-integration capabilities. We are very excited to offer a product to a market for which fuel cell technology provides a viable solution today.”