Proton Energy System Announces 70kWh Unigen Fuel-Cell System

April 23, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Proton Energy Systems Inc. (Rocky Hill, CT) announced at the Hannover Trade Fair (Germany) the construction of a multi-kilowatt power capacity Unigen regenerative fuel-cell (RFC) system capable of storing up to 70kWh of electricity onboard in the form of compressed hydrogen. This system is a prototype of systems that Proton is designing to be employed in the telecommunications field.

Commenting on the announcement, Trent Moler, the company's vice president of engineering and technology, remarked, “Proton's Unigen system is designed to provide customers with the short-term power response characteristics they've been accustomed to with battery systems and enhanced ride-through capability currently provided by diesel generator systems."

Proton is currently working with members of the telecommunications industry to arrange field demonstrations of the Unigen telecom continuous power system. In the future, larger sizes of Proton's Unigen continuous power systems could serve as a key change in renewable energy storage systems serving distributed energy needs.