Voller Energy Group launches industrial fuel cell system
Voller Energy Group PLC, the leading commercial supplier and manufacturer of portable fuel cell systems, announces the launch of a new industrial fuel cell system, the VE100 Rack Mount ('VE100RM').
The new fuel cell system can charge remote monitoring equipment, surveillance cameras and industrial equipment in remote locations. The VE100RM can also be used in conjunction with other power sources such as Photo-Voltaic (PV') solar panels or wind turbines to provide continuous power over an extended period of time.
The VE100RM is aimed at customers with a requirement for constant energy, or high up-time equipment in a variety of remote or potentially hostile environments. Historically, most of these applications use batteries, which have to be recharged. The new VE100RM fuel cell system will re-charge them automatically.
Using Voller's own software, the new fuel cell system logs and monitors the battery charge. This information can be accessed and monitored remotely via a GPS phone link.
The new fuel cell system is powered by hydrogen gas which can be supplied from a normal compressed hydrogen cylinder and regulator available from any compressed gas supplier or from a refillable canister supplied by Voller Energy. This refillable canister stores hydrogen at low pressure dissolved in a metal hydride salt. The Voller canister can be mounted within the 4U 19 rack mount case enclosure.
Once running, the automatic charge mode, fuel canister reset and various display modes can be selected from the front panel. An 8mm pipe connection is also provided on the front panel for ducting away moist air and water vapour. The unit will automatically awaken' from standby mode to charge external batteries when they drop below a preset voltage. This means that the useful lifetime of batteries will be extended and it will also reduce the number of man-hours wasted unnecessarily on checking and recharging the batteries.
Stephen Voller, Chief Executive of Voller said:
This is an exciting development and is further evidence of our ability to provide practical fuel cell system solutions which meet our customers' needs.