Jadoo Power To Receive Recovery Act Funds To Advance Fuel Cell Technologies

April 20, 2009 by Jeff Shepard

Jadoo Power is one of two companies in California to receive funding as part of the $41.9 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Department of Energy to further advance fuel cell technologies and markets.

Jadoo Power, together with several industry leaders including; NASCAR Media Group, Acumentrics Corp., Lynch Diversified Vehicles, and Airgas, will demonstrate the efficacy of an integrated solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power system in field use. The SOFC system will be a 1kW power supply fueled by hydrogen derived from propane. The company states that propane is an excellent source of hydrogen and a fuel with an existing infrastructure – making it a market-ready solution.

Jadoo Power will expand its fuel cell integration expertise to include SOFC at 1kW and greater portable power applications. Jadoo Power will incorporate Acumentrics proprietary tubular anode supported fuel cell design to develop a system that is both robust and compact.

Jadoo Power will work with NASCAR Media Group (the television media division of NASCAR) and City of Folsom (California) to deploy five systems to replace gas and diesel generators that are currently in use. Jadoo Power will provide three SOFC power systems that NASCAR will use over two race seasons, accumulating more than 5000 hours of operation and over 250 startup cycles. Remote monitoring of the systems will be established and data will be analyzed following each event.

"We are very excited about this unique project because it will demonstrate the very latest in alternative energy solutions in real-world applications. The ARRA funding of this project is a major step in ultimately changing the way we will all use and think about power," stated Leonard Devanna , Jadoo Power’s Chief Executive Officer.

Jadoo Power will also deliver systems to the City of Folsom Police and Fire Departments. The Folsom, California Police Department will operate a Jadoo Power SOFC system replacing a portable generator in their Mobile Command Control Unit. The City of Folsom’s Fire Department will use a Jadoo Power SOFC system for various off-grid power needs including emergency lighting and equipment. These systems will demonstrate the importance of reliable off-grid power systems in critical law enforcement and other first responder environments.