Published on March 21st, 2012 | by Glenn Meyers1
IdaTech Fuel Cell System Provides Backup Power for California Telecom Site
Power System Uses Renewable Fuel
For those wondering about practical applications for fuel cells that run on renewable fuel, take a look at IdaTech. Last October, the manufacturer of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell products announced the first use of Bio-HydroPlus renewable fuel, a liquid fuel mixture of bio-methanol (62 percent methanol) and de-ionized water.
According to the company, IdaTech’s ElectraGe fuel cell systems have been developed specifically to provide backup power for the telecom market when loss of grid occurs. The telecom company, T-Mobile watched the backup power fuel cell quietly run and deliver 5,000 watts of clean power.
The availability of renewable fuel – in this case, methanol – was good news for IdaTech. The Bend, OR-based company worked extensively with bio-methanol suppliers to develop the fuel. As part of the deal, customers can qualify to receive government incentives associated with the renewable Bio-HydroPlus. Renewable fuel is required for participation in the California rebate program.