Heliocentris Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Phone Base Stations

October 22, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

Heliocentris energy manageGermany-based Heliocentris Energy Solutions is to receive subsidies amounting to $1.9 million for the development of a new kind of hydrogen-based fuel cell emergency power supply. Among other things, these funds are to be used for grid-connected mobile phone base stations to ensure full connectivity in the event of blackouts.

Heliocentris’ technology works with an integrated hydrogen generator (electrolyser) that produces hydrogen from electricity and water and then saves it in a tank. In the event of a blackout, the fuel cell uses the hydrogen to generate electricity for the stationary facility.

In countries with a poor power grid, grid-connected mobile phone base stations are predominantly backed up with diesel-battery systems. Even in regions with a stable power supply, these systems are used during power outages.

The Heliocentris project is expected to be concluded by mid-2016. The funding comes from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure as part of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology National Innovation Programme (NIP).

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