Fuel Cell Systems are environment friendly, silent and weather independent power generators with plug and play features. Fuel Cell find applications in various industry verticals like Defense and Homeland Security, Oil and Gas, Telecommunication etc. Due to their ability to provide high energy density with lower fuel consumption they are rapidly replacing conventional Gen-sets at remote and off-grid areas.
Defense & Homeland Security
Fuel Cell Systems bring in major
weight reduction and provide non-fluctuating, un-interrupted uniform
power making them the best option to power mission critical equipment in
the defense sector for both mobile and stationary applications.
Military generators currently being used for recharging the batteries,
are very heavy and are detectable due to their noise and generated heat.
A generator consumes up to one liter diesel
per hour, resulting in an essential requirement for fuel
that must be carried along or logistically provided, limiting mobility.
Solar panels are often inconvenient and, as sole energy supply, weather
dependant and unreliable. If the idling engine is used for recharging
the batteries, various engine and gear box parts will be subject to
extreme stress and wear from the idle mode – mostly in cold stand. That
causes higher maintenance efforts and costs. Some of the areas in the
defence where fuel cells have extremely useful & beneficial
Powering the Smart / virtual Fence
Powering borders / perimeter Fence Lighting
Un-manned Vehicle Battery Charging
Powering multiple stationary devices and amenities at small and remote localities
Customized and hybrid energy solutions for Telecom and Optronics devices
Powering Small Villages
The ability of Fuel Cells to work
in tandem with other existing sources of energy, both renewable and
non-renewable make these systems even more versatile and suitable for
the sectors which require off-grid uninterrupted power supply. Here Fuel
Cells are the best option to provide back-up power in the absence of
Grid Power. Once installed all that is needed is a fuel cartridge
exchange which can be estimated and pre-planned. The fuel cell can be
remotely controlled, making extra trips to the site unnecessary.
Small villages or remote sites can be powered using Fuel
Cell Systems by creating a micro or mini grid. Also BTS and repeater
stations which require continuous power supply for 24 x 7, 365 days
operation can be provided reliable back-up power using Fuel Cell
Systems. The Oil and Gas Industry is benefitting hugely from the Fuel
Cell Systems due the remoteness of the oil extraction stations and
Micro-grid for powering small villages/ hamlets/ Defence & Security Outposts.
Power for Base transceiver stations (BTS) and Repeater Stations in Telecommunication Industry
Power for Oil & Gas Exploration Sites including
unmanned sites, Electrical Chemical Injection Pumps, SCADA Systems and
Surveillance along the Pipelines.
To sum up we can say Fuel Cells assure 100% reliable
operation in remote locations, harsh climate conditions and cold
environments. Lengthen service intervals as much as possible and cut the
cost of fuel as well as the environmental impact caused by the