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Fuel cell technology is well proven having been used to power NASA's Apollo missions to the moon, with these systems now slowly being introduced for industrial purposes also
An innovative onsite power source utilising fuel cell technology has been developed jointly by Intelligent Energy
and Taylor Construction Plant
(TCP Ltd). This novel, no-emission power product meets the very strictest environmental legislation, allowing it to be used in low emission zones in urban areas or in enclosed areas such as underground quarries, tunnels or carparks where ventilation may be limited.
The firms say that this off-grid hydrogen fuel cell power product is designed to meet the changing needs of the construction industry. Fuel cells use hydrogen to generate electrical power, with the only emissions being of harmless water vapour. This innovative power unit is said to be silent in operation and the partners claim it provides a viable off-grid alternative to diesel, helping to meet air quality targets.
Intelligent Energy announced a strategic partnership with UK based TCP in late 2017 to integrate, test and evaluate new products for the construction industry. The partners jointly developed this innovative unit, which is fuelled by hydrogen and uses an Intelligent Energy 801 Fuel Cell Module (FCM) to produce a DC generator, capable of a maximum output of 1kW. The ECO GH2 can be used with DC power loads or with a TCP inverter power pack to produce an off-grid generator unit up to 5kW for power tools, accessories and welfare units.
Powered by Intelligent Energy’s Air Cooled fuel cells, the ECO GH2 is zero emission at point of delivery and has near silent operation, an advantage for night-time work and for operating in urban areas, particularly where noisy diesel generators disturb residents and businesses. The product is said to be lightweight, easy to carry and operate, can be used in enclosed ventilated spaces and there are no liquid fuels.
Intelligent Energy’s FCMs provide further benefits that make them a versatile solution for the construction industry, including compact and robust design, lower life-cycle cost than standby diesel generators, and minimal service requirements (simple air filter replacement).
Intelligent Energy’s PEM fuel cell products run on hydrogen and ambient air to produce clean power in a simple, cost effective, robust and compact package.