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Major Rail Partner Turns to SOFCs to Protect Wayside Assets During Power Outages

Ann Arbor, Michigan (Dec. 14, 2021) — Adaptive Energy, LLC, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for low-watt backup and offgrid power has secured an order of 400 Performer Series P250i SOFC systems from rail partner RedHawk Energy Systems, LLC. This is Adaptive Energy’s second major contract in 2021 from this long-standing partner with whom it has worked for nearly a decade.

“Railway customers need dependable access to power to ensure operations run safely and smoothly, which is why so many are depending on SOFCs,” Adaptive Energy CEO Michael Edison said. “This order reinforces RedHawk Energy’s commitment to improving disaster resilience by keeping crossings and signals powered during grid outages.”

The past year saw an increase in demand for propane-powered fuel cells from RedHawk Energy’s customers that want to harden rail crossings, signals and other wayside assets with a dependable and efficient backup solution for 24/7 uptime. This will leave these rail customers better positioned for — and more resilient to — extreme weather events including ice storms, wind storms, wildfires and hurricanes.

“This is our second consecutive major order from Adaptive Energy this year,” said Matt Ulrich, Rail Sales for RedHawk Energy Systems. “Our rail customers love the simplicity and low maintenance needs of the P250i. Instead of babysitting legacy gas/diesel generators that require constant refueling and routine maintenance, the P250i can provide days, weeks and even months of reliable power with minimal personnel involvement.” 

Running on commercially available propane, the Performer Series P250i SOFC delivers 24/7 extended-run backup or hybrid supplemental power to charge battery banks at railway crossings, signals and other wayside assets. The SOFC offers days, weeks and even months of reliable power — instead of just hours from more traditional battery-only or gas generator backup systems.  

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About Adaptive Energy, LLC:  

Adaptive Energy is a leading designer and manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells for low-watt backup, offgrid and portable power — with more than 1 megawatt of microtubular power produced to date. Originating from University of Michigan technology, the company offers rugged, low-carbon energy solutions, fueled by propane, that are proven in transportation, oil/gas pipeline and military applications.  

About Performer Series Solid Oxide Fuel Cells 

The Performer Series from Adaptive Energy offers high-efficiency 250W and 1kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for backup and offgrid power. P250i and P1000 are highly durable SOFCs that run on propane, excel in harsh environments from –40C to 50C and require no routine maintenance. Performer Series products are unique in the market because they are designed as battery chargers to undergo hundreds of thermal cycles. 

About RedHawk Energy Systems, LLC: 

Since the early 1980s, RedHawk Energy Systems, LLC (a manufacturing subsidiary of the Arthur N. Ulrich Company) has helped commercial and industrial customers tackle their critical prime and backup power challenges with fully engineered and innovative AC and DC power solutions (solar and wind, fuel cells, Stirling engines, long-run generators, TEGs, ultracapacitor systems and more). 

Jennifer Kay

Jen is responsible for customer growth, brand development and new business incubation. She spent a decade in demand generation roles in the media industry in New York City at brands including Good Housekeeping and truTV, along with two years in Berlin, Germany as a growth executive for a venture-backed startup. In addition to growth consulting for clients in the energy space, Jen has worked on several new business launches and is passionate about helping to transform Adaptive Energy’s unique product suite into the world’s most sought-after solutions for backup and portable power.

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