These systems are part of an initial 20-system order received in the third quarter of 2013 from AECi, Ballard’s channel partner in the Philippines, for deployment in the network of a major, but un-named telecommunications company in that country.
Due to the severity of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, installation of these methanol-fueled backup power systems was necessarily delayed.
All 20 of the initial systems will be installed at rooftop locations in metro Manila. The liquid fuel used with the ElectraGen-ME system is a mixture of methanol and water, branded HydroPlus, which can be readily delivered to rooftop sites, according to Ballard. A 225-liter fuel storage tank, together with the fuel processor which is integrated into the system to enable up to 100 hours of continuous run time when grid power is unavailable.