GenCell completes a testing period of experimental off-grid power solution based on alkaline fuel cell

23 June 2021

An Israel-based manufacturer of fuel cell energy solutions, announces that the Company has successfully completed an advanced testing period of its innovative experimental off-grid power solution based on alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology at the site of an active Emergency Communications System (ECS) station outside Reykjavik, Iceland operated by Neyðarlínan ohf, the state-owned Icelandic telecom provider that operates 112, the National Emergency Number, the National Tetra Telecommunication Service and the Icelandic Maritime Service.

The off-grid power system, installed in a compact container housing the ammonia cracker integrated with the AFC generator, has successfully completed an important milestone of running 1500 continuous working hours in inclement weather conditions including sub-zero temperatures (-10⁰ C) compounded by heavy rains and strong winds. The experimental GenCell A5 created by the Israeli company GenCell combines the advantages of low temperature fuel cell with the ability to operate on liquid ammonia fuel, one of the most effective carbon-free hydrogen carriers, offering clean power with only water, nitrogen and heat as by–products. GenCell’s A5 off–grid solution has been designed to provide ultra-reliable power performance and high efficiency in these harshest weather conditions, using economical and widely available liquid ammonia.

Looking ahead, GenCell and Neyðarlínan ohf have agreed to carry out a second testing period in the extreme weather conditions typical of the Arctic regions in the winter months between December 2021 and February 2022. Following the satisfactory completion of the winter evaluation, the two companies will negotiate the deployment of GenCell A5 units at active 112 emergency communication sites across Iceland.

Author: KS / Source: GenCell Energy / Photo: Unsplash