Build A Fleet Of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for AC Backup
Along thousands of miles of Gulf Coast track at risk of commercial power loss in harsh weather
Class I Railroad, via RedHawk Energy Systems
We worked with RedHawk Energy to help the railroad replace their expensive, dirty, noisy generators with hundreds of Performer Series P250i Power Systems that can be monitored remotely and easily operated as a fleet.
Provide Primary Backup to Solar In Place Of Wind
For critical weather cameras along aviation paths in Alaska with heavy air traffic
Federal Aviation Administration
Extreme cold and low sunlight were causing frequent outages of weather camera stations. Wind turbines and other technologies weren’t viable due to the remote location and harsh weather, so the FAA turned to us for a solution.
Hybridize an Offgrid Power System with SOFC
For rail signals along the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast where commercial power is unreliable
Class I Railroad, via RedHawk Energy Systems
We worked with RedHawk Energy to replace heavy, single-use primary batteries that were susceptible to corrosion and causing unexpected signal outages in Florida, increasing the risk of major safety violations.
Lightweight, Power-Dense UAS Fuel Systems
SOFC Enable Vertical Takeoff & Landing in Lockheed Martin’s Compact Stalker VXE
Lockheed Martin and Jennings Aeronautics
For the latest generation Stalker VXE, Lockheed Martin planned to add new features. This update required even more power that was durable, dependable and that could still fit into the compact size of the existing Stalker body.
Create Highly Reliable Offgrid Power
USDA Forest Service
At these high-altitude sites, airlifting fuel cost the Forest Service thousands of dollars. Meanwhile, harsh weather and low sunlight led to solar power outages, compromising critical communications. A dependable backup was required, so they turned to us for help.
Fuel Cell FAQs
Learn more about our patented microtubular fuel cell technology and find out how it can enhance your energy system.
What makes your products reliable?
Unlike all other types of fuel cells, our proprietary microtubular design offers built-in redundancy. Power controls on the stack allow individual fuel cells to fail, so the system will never go down even if a single tube falters. Our products offer peace of mind that your load will be powered no matter what.
Do your systems operate in extreme cold?
Other technologies are vulnerable to failure in freezing environments: Thermoelectric generators (TEG) produce liquid water during the reaction, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM) or direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) must be kept moist. However, our Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are engineered to store, start and operate in temperatures from -40°C to 50°C. They produce no liquid water and are constructed of heat-resistant ceramic tubes that will not freeze. This means you’ll never have downtimes caused by cold weather.
What’s your fuel efficiency?
Our systems operate at 20% fuel efficiency, which is significantly greater than other technologies like thermoelectric generators (TEGs) or gas/diesel generators. Plus, our systems run on propane, which is cleaner than diesel and bypasses the carbon inefficiencies of converting hydrogen into power. When decarbonization is crucial to your business, our SOFCs are the only option.
Can a 250W system operate at a lower output?
Yes. And operating at a lower output would extend the system's run hours but not its cycles. The degradation during cycles is accumulated during the warming and cooling period, not how many times it cycles on and off.
Do your products integrate with hybrid power systems?
Yes. Our products integrate seamlessly with A/C grid, generator, battery, DC-DC, wind or solar technologies — even serving as the rectifier if necessary — or can be included in new installations. To minimize lifecycle cost, we provide targeted engineering support for each application.
How long can a 250W system run on a 20-lb propane tank?
One 20-pound BBQ-sized tank of propane from your local gas station can keep one of our Solid Oxide Fuel Cell systems running for 80 hours. This gives you plenty of time to schedule a site visit to switch out the propane tanks before the system runs out of fuel.
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What Is Your Uptime Challenge?
Our custom performance model simulates how our products can improve your uptimes and reduce your total energy cost. Contact us today with details on your configuration (load, battery size, auxiliary power inputs, geography) to see how we can help.