UPS Systems has signed an innovative new distributor agreement with Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy to become the first UK company to offer its three brand new hydrogen fuel cell systems: the Energy Container, the Mobixane and the Commpac 500. This unique initiative will allow UPS Systems to lease Air Liquide’s products to customers. This is a first for the UK market and part of UPS Systems’ approach to broaden the use of fuel cells in the UK and develop the market place. All three of Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy’s hydrogen systems are powered by a PEM fuel cell. They offer an autonomous, clean power supply for remote locations where access to mains grid power is difficult. The units are silent when operational, easy to deploy and require little maintenance. The Energy Container is a containerized unit comprising a fuel cell, which delivers up to 2.5kW of power, power electronics and corresponding hydrogen supply. The unit offers an unlimited runtime as long as a constant supply of hydrogen is present, making it suitable for construction and remote sites, events and festivals. The Mobixane is a portable unit generating up to 2.5kW of power, with enough hydrogen storage to provide eight hours runtime. It’s suited to the entertainment industry, on TV and film sets. The Commpac 500 is a light solution generating up to 0.5kW of power with an unlimited runtime for remote sites that don’t have easy access to the National Grid.
UPS Systems Managing Director, Tom Sperrey, said, “Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy’s rental model is a major breakthrough for the UK market. Whilst we are seeing more and more companies interested in fuel cells for their organizations, one of the barriers to adopting higher-output fuel cell systems has been the capital costs involved. To be able to lease Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy’s hydrogen systems means that the technology is now much more financially accessible and we predict that this will open up entirely new markets for fuel cells and their adoption as a current and viable technology. This also provides an excellent opportunity for those interested in incorporating fuel cells into their business to lease a unit for a short fixed period of time and to assess their benefits with absolutely no risk. We find that once a customer has experienced the unique benefits of fuel cells they quickly become an advocate of them.” http://www.upssystems.co.uk