Alpha Integrates ReliOn Fuel Cell Technology into Test Facility (8/17/12)
Alpha Energy is integrating the ReliOn E-2500 fuel cell system into its Hybrid Power System (HPS) Test Facility in Bellingham, Wash. The test facility simulates demanding off-grid environments and provides test engineers an accurate, real-time representation of how certain products will perform in the field. If the fuel cell system meets Alpha's rigorous performance standards, it will then be evaluated for implementation into future Alpha Energy projects.
“Interest in the renewable energy sector is experiencing exceptional growth with an increased focus on green technologies," said John Meyer, director of Applications and System Engineering for Alpha Energy. "Our HPS Test Facility is designed exclusively for these innovative alternative energy projects and it continues to be a tremendous asset as we forge into an era emphasizing clean energy."
In addition to the newly installed ReliOn E-2500 fuel cell system, the facility features a 7.5 kilowatt wind turbine mounted on a 100-foot lattice tower, expanded solar capacity, backup battery bank and a DC power plant housing all power management electronics and controls. To ensure maximum reliability, test products must meet or surpass Alpha's established performance criteria before consideration into subsequent projects.
ReliOn's E-2500 fuel cell system, designed around ReliOn's patented modular, fault-tolerant architecture, provides 2.5 kilowatts of power in a compact, 8U rack-mountable package. Emissions are limited to warm air and a small amount of water, and the fuel cell is exempt from the most stringent air quality standards.
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