PT Consistel Indonesia wins telecoms backup contract

PT Consistel Indonesia wins telecoms backup contract

NEWS of fuel cell CHP units for residential use. Callux is part of the German National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP),...

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NEWS of fuel cell CHP units for residential use. Callux is part of the German National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), which is coordinated by NOW GmbH. Baxi Innotech GmbH, Hamburg, Germany. Tel: +49 40 2366 7600, www.baxi-innotech.de Callux Project: www.callux.net NOW GmbH: www.now-gmbh.de German National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology: www.now-gmbh.de/index. php?id=80&L=1

PT Consistel Indonesia wins telecoms backup contract

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he Asian telecoms company PT Consistel Indonesia has won what it believes is one of the largest contracts for supplying Spiro hydrogen fuel cells in Asia. Hutchison CP Telecommunications (HCPT) has selected PT Consistel Indonesia as its partner to deploy 200 Spiro hydrogen fuel cell units in Java, Sumatra and Bali. The Spiro product is a branded version of the T-1000® and T-2000® hydrogen fuel cell products from US-based ReliOn. The systems are backup power solutions for a variety of market segments in the Middle East and Asia. Last year Singaporebased Consistel Pte Ltd signed an agreement with ReliOn to distribute Spiro, with exclusive rights in key territories throughout this region. ‘Telecommunication providers are adopting a green strategy to minimize energy consumption and improve carbon footprint. Consistel foresees significant market potential for Spiro in wireless network deployments worldwide,’ says Bernard Chan, group managing director of Consistel. ‘We are confident that telecom operators will benefit significantly from Spiro in terms of the system reliability, modularity design, energy efficiency, and environmental friendliness.’ HCPT’s acceptance of Consistel’s Spiro system in Indonesia is an important milestone for Consistel as it moves to broaden its green energy deployments. With millions of base transceiver station cell sites spread throughout the AsiaPacific region, telecoms providers are adopting alternative power sources like hydrogen fuel cells to minimize their environmental impact. Consistel, Spiro Hydrogen Fuel Cell: www.consistel. com/Products/Spiro.html ReliOn Inc, Spokane, Washington, USA. Tel: +1 509 228 6500, www.relion-inc.com

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Fuel Cells Bulletin

AFC Energy fuel cell system passes field testing milestone

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K-based alkaline fuel cell developer AFC Energy has successfully completed an important field test of its first-generation, lower-cost, nonplatinum electrodes at AkzoNobel’s chlor-alkali plant in Bitterfeld, Germany. During the test AFC Energy’s fuel cell system fed electricity into AkzoNobel’s grid, on a par with previous field tests using platinum-based electrodes. In addition to generating electricity, the field test included automated operation of the fuel cell, and remote monitoring of the fuel cell performance. In other news, an upgrade to AFC Energy’s development facility is now close to completion. This upgrade is aimed at reducing the time taken to develop and optimize electrode materials, and to enable the company to rapidly manufacture sufficient electrodes for its initial requirements. The next significant phase of development is the continuing improvement to electrode and system performance towards its full design specification. In particular, AFC Energy will concentrate on further development of its proprietary, low-cost electrodes. The company expects to have its small system available next year. In parallel with this work, the upgraded development facility and the recruitment of additional staff has enabled AFC to accelerate development of its large fuel cell system, which is designed to work at up to 50 kW. AFC now expects the 50 kW system – which will be its building block for large-scale, multi-MW installations – to be ready for field trials by the first quarter of 2011. AFC Energy Plc, Cranleigh, Surrey, UK. Tel: +44 1483 276726, www.afcenergy.com

PORTABLE & MICRO

Toshiba launches Dynario power source for mobile devices, but only in Japan

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fter various delays, Toshiba has finally launched its first commercial direct methanol fuel cell product. The Dynario™ is an external power

source that delivers power to mobile digital consumer products. The bad news is that the Dynario, together with a dedicated fuel cartridge, is only available in Japan, in a limited edition of just 3000 units. The Dynario is exclusively available at Shop1048, Toshiba’s direct-order website for digital consumer products in the Japanese market. The company began shipping orders at the end of October. The list price (including sales tax and delivery) is ¥29 800 (US$335) for the Dynario unit, and ¥3150 ($35) for a set of five 50 ml fuel cartridges. The palm-sized Dynario is rated at a maximum power output of 2 W. Once fueled with an injection of methanol solution from its dedicated cartridge, the Dynario starts to generate electricity that is delivered to a digital consumer product – for example, a cell phone or digital media player – via a USB cable. On a single refill of methanol, which can be done in around 20 s, the Dynario can generate enough power to charge two typical cell phones. The methanol tank stores 14 ml of concentrated methanol solution, so the 50 ml fuel cartridge offers about three-and-a-half refills. The Dynario integrates Toshiba’s state-ofthe-art DMFC technology, allowing it to operate with only a small volume of concentrated methanol solution, reducing the size and weight of the fuel tank and the overall product (280 g for the Dynario unit, excluding fuel). The dedicated fuel cartridge was co-developed with Toyo Seikan Kaisha Ltd, one of Japan’s leading packaging container companies. An ingenious fuel feed structure provides uniform methanol delivery, and stable output to any attached device is fine-tuned by a builtin microprocessor. Performance is also optimized by Dynario’s hybrid structure, which uses a lithium-ion battery charged by the fuel cell to store electricity. The Dynario and its fuel cartridge comply with the International Electrotechnical Commission’s provisional safety standards. However, current International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations only permit the Dynario charger itself to be carried onboard an aircraft; the fuel cell methanol refill bottle will not be permitted onboard aircraft until the 2011 edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions comes into force, at the beginning of 2011. More on the Dynario: www.toshiba.co.jp/about/ press/2009_10/pr2201.htm Shop1048 (in Japanese): http://shop1048.jp

December 2009