GenCell Energy has been selected to deploy its hydrogen-based DC backup solutions for Comisión Federal de Electricidad® (CFE), Mexico’s largest state-owned utility.
Sharing details of the agreement, the Israel-based company said it will deliver and provide two years of service and maintenance of 37 hydrogen-based fuel cells to substations across Mexico.
The deal is valued at approximately $6m, and according the terms of the tender, CFE has the right to purchase up to a total of 74 units, thus increasing the value of the deal to approximately $12m.
Delivery and deployment are planned for the first half of 2021.
“It is an honor to have been chosen to work with the highly professional team of CFE engineers. We believe that by ensuring emission-free, resilient and long duration backup power for critical assets at substations across Mexico, we can ensure higher quality of service to CFE’s customers,” said Rami Reshef, CEO of GenCell.
“We are proud to play a role in the global hydrogen economy and to assist leading utilities and corporations to fulfil their decarbonisation objectives. We look forward to carrying out this important project to further demonstrate the abilities of our fuel cells to bring value to the utilities sector.”
In 2018 GenCell sent two G5rx backup power solutions for testing and approval by CFE’s technological arm Laboratory of Equipment and Materials Testing (LAPEM). Following receipt of approval from LAPEM, GenCell deployed two units at existing CFE substations.
The backup power units with fuel availability can support long duration backup of as long as 24 hours or more, and incorporates GenCell’s IoT Remote Manager software to centrally supervise the optimal performance of the equipment