GenCell Energy and SIMTEL Team (SMTL) have deployed a GenCell FOX ammonia-based off-grid power solution field test at a mobile telecom tower site in Romania, operated by Vodafone.
The GenCell FOX is a low-temperature alkaline fuel cell which generates power from liquid ammonia. The solution has been designed to comply with strict zero-emission sustainability objectives, ensure resilient 24/7 continuous power even in harsh weather conditions, and minimise operating expenses by using economical and widely available liquid ammonia fuel.
The GenCell FOX is an off-grid product that is designated for placement in remote locations distanced from urban areas and requires minimal on-site maintenance and service.
The objective of the field test was to evaluate the ammonia-based power solution’s performance, resilience and cost-savings potential over a six-week timescale. Initial results from the test indicate that the system operated reliably, providing the required power output throughout the entire test period.
The system was operated autonomously, and minimal intervention from GenCell personnel was required. Upon demonstration of the resilient and reliable performance of the solution, Vodafone will showcase it to different business units.
Rami Reshef, CEO GenCell, said, “Alkaline fuel cell technology can help operators implement renewable power solutions directly at mobile sites, even when they are located in remote locations and the toughest climate conditions.”
Radu Villau, CTO & Co-Founder of Simtel, said, “Following this successful field test, we expect to explore more opportunities for deployment of joint projects together by Simtel and GenCell.