Hydrogen fuel cells to provide back-up power for German radio tower sites

Hydrogen fuel cells to provide back-up power for German radio tower sites

Up to 1,500 radio tower sites in Germany could get their emergency back-up power from hydrogen fuel cells as part of a new deal between SFC Energy and telecommunications equipment supplier adKor.

SFC Energy has received a framework contract from cooperation partner adKor for the delivery of hydrogen fuel cells for radio tower sites in several federal states of Germany.

H2 View understands the contract runs until the end of 2021 and has a total order volume of approximately €1.8-5.3m, depending on installation and commissioning by the federal states.

At radio tower sites, operators have to ensure a minimum of 72 hours power autonomy for their radio systems at any time, to safeguard the radio communication of critical users during power black outs.

Hydrogen fuel cells offer many advantages over other emergency back-up power solutions: they feature high availability and operational capability at low operational cost and – other than for example diesel generators – silent operation, free of any emissions or particulate matter.

“The fact that several federal states of Germany have opted for our hydrogen fuel cells to provide reliable emergency back-up power to their critical infrastructures clearly proves the attractiveness of this environmentally friendly, innovative technology”, says Hartmut Kordus, Managing Director of adKor.

Dr. Peter Podesser, CEO of SFC Energy, added, “Looking forward, there are plans to equip up to 1,500 radio tower sites all across Germany.”

“This first nationwide programme demonstrates the increasing importance of hydrogen fuel cells as a valid and reliable alternative to conventional diesel generators to provide power to critical infrastructures.”

“We see major potential for them as power and back-up power sources also in many other industrial applications, for example rail and transport monitoring, data centers and transformer stations, and telecommunication equipment.”

Prior to this agreement, adKor, together with their system partners, had won tenders for emergency backup power equipment of over 400 radio tower sites with hydrogen fuel cells in different federal states.

For these radio tower site projects SFC Energy delivers the hydrogen fuel cell modules to adKor as a subcontractor.

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