Power Electronics

Fuel Cell System Maintains Battery Charge

Voller Energy Group's industrial fuel cell system, the VE100 Rack Mount (‘VE100RM’), 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 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. The new VE100RM fuel cell system will re-charge these batteries automatically.

Using Voller’s 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. This refillable canister stores hydrogen at low pressure dissolved in a metal hydride salt. The Voller canister can be mounted within the 4U 19-in. rack mount case enclosure.

An 8-mm pipe connection is provided on the front panel for ducting away moist air and water vapor. The unit will automatically ‘awaken’ from standby mode to charge external batteries when they drop below a preset voltage. Contact Voller for pricing and availability.

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