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Fuel cell system proved its worth at the World Economic Summit in Davos

FutureE ensures power supply for Swiss telecommunications operator Swisscom


In Davos, the participants at the World Economic Forum 2012 were enabled to take part in mobile phone communication with the highest degree of grid availability. A powerful Jupiter fuel cell system provided by Nürtingen-based FutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH successfully protected Swisscom’s mobile communication network against power cuts and grid failures.

In Davos, the participants at the World Economic Forum 2012 were enabled to take part in mobile phone communication with the highest degree of grid availability. A powerful Jupiter fuel cell system provided by Nürtingen-based FutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH successfully protected Swisscom’s mobile communication network against power cuts and grid failures.

• Fuel cell systems in Davos and Luzern protect electricity supply chain in case of mains failure

• Service quality: system availability increased to almost 100 %

• Environmental compatibility: electrical efficiency ratio exceeds 50 %, high resistance to cold temperatures even without battery backup

• Economic efficiency: low maintenance effort, reduced operating costs

Nürtingen/Davos/Luzern – Swisscom, the leading Swiss telecommunications group, has put into service the most innovative technology in the field of modular fuel cell systems: two Jupiter fuel cell systems were installed in Davos und Luzern. The first FutureE fuel cell systems in Switzerland se- cure emergency power supply of Swisscom’s mobile communications base stations. One of these systems impressively proved its high efficiency regarding the safe procurement of cellular phone calls at the World Economic Forum in Davos, held from 25 to 29 January 2012. Both innovative systems in this region have been developed and installed by FutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH from Nürtingen, Swisscom’s cooperation partner within the EU’s “fit-up“ project. “It is an honor and privilege to co-operate with a renowned and technologically pioneering partner like Swisscom in this demanding project“, states Mark-Uwe Oßwald, Managing Director of FutureE.

Efficient power backup for their base stations is of fundamental importance to mobile phone service providers. This is the only way for them to secure a high service quality and reliably protect the mobile communication network against network disturbance and potential mains or grid failure. Jupiter fuel cell systems ensure the required high degree of security by providing the necessary emergency power reserve when needed. At the same time, this power backup can be used to reduce peak loads if required. For Swisscom, the high level of quality and the complete elimination of oils and other liquids that characterize the new FutureE systems is an invaluable advantage due to the fact that these systems have to be operated in environmentally sensitive regions. Before being put into service, their suitability for employment under the challenging topographic and climatic conditions of the Davos mountains was extensively tested to ensure proper functioning at an altitude of more than 2200 metres, low temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius, snow and ice. The FutureE system successfully passed all those demanding test runs. The two systems installed in Davos and Luzern ena- ble Swisscom to start with a comprehensive evaluation process of the inno- vative and environmentally compatible fuel cell technology in live operation and under regular operating conditions. Combined with the low costs of op- eration and maintenance, not least resulting from the system’s reduced level of complexity, this allows for considerable cost-saving potentials and the implementation of an improved low-carbon power supply structure for the future.

The fuel cell systems installed in Switzerland originate from FutureE’s Ju- piter product family. These highly efficient systems are based on future- oriented PEM Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell technology working according to the polymer electrolyte membrane principle. When operated with hydrogen (H2) from renewable sources, PEM fuel cells produce direct current without batteries, lead-free – and absolutely free of CO2. The new indoor variant with super-condensers for energy storage (super-cap tech- nology) applied in Davos and Luzern uses 3 plug-in fuel cell units, each of them providing 2 kW. Their total output amounts to a maximum of 6 kW at an electrical efficiency ratio exceeding 50 per cent.

As Swisscom’s fuel cell system supplier, FutureE takes part in the EU’s “fitup“ project. Within this project, a total of 19 fuel cell systems from two suppliers will be thoroughly examined in selected sites throughout Europe. Operators of communication networks are testing and evaluating not only technical performance and availability of energy reserves but also start-up and response times, service life and number of cycles. Besides Swisscom and FutureE, further participants in this project are Electro Power Systems (I), Environment Park (I), Luzern University (CH), Joint Research Centre JRC (NL), UNIDO-ICHET (TR), Wind (I), Polycom operations commission Nidwalden (CH) and TÜV Süd Industrial Services (D). In addition to enabling a comprehensive evaluation under live conditions, the main target of this project will result in developing unified certification standards valid not only amongst the 27 EU member states but also in associated coun- tries, e.g. Switzerland and Turkey. The certification procedure takes place under the lead of TÜV Süd.

• Fuel cell systems in Davos and Luzern protect electricity supply chain in case of mains failure
• Service quality: system availability increased to almost 100 %
• Environmental compatibility: electrical efficiency ratio exceeds 50 %, high resistance to cold
temperatures even without battery backup
• Economic efficiency: low maintenance effort, reduced operating costs
Nürtingen/Davos/Luzern – Swisscom, the leading Swiss telecommunica- tions group, has put into
service the most innovative technology in the field of modular fuel cell systems: two Jupiter fuel
cell systems were installed in Davos und Luzern. The first FutureE fuel cell systems in Switzerland
se- cure emergency power supply of Swisscom’s mobile communications base stations. One of these
systems impressively proved its high efficiency re- garding the safe procurement of cellular phone
calls at the World Economic Forum in Davos, held from 25 to 29 January 2012. Both innovative
systems in this region have been developed and installed by FutureE Fuel Cell Solu- tions GmbH from
Nürtingen, Swisscom’s cooperation partner within the
EU’s “fitup“ project. “It is an honour and privilege to co-operate with a re- nowned and
technologically pioneering partner like Swisscom in this de- manding project“, states Mark-Uwe
Oßwald, Managing Director of FutureE.
Efficient power backup for their base stations is of fundamental importance to mobile phone service
providers. This is the only way for them to secure a high service quality and reliably protect the
mobile communication network against network disturbance and potential mains or grid failure.
Jupiter fuel cell systems ensure the required high degree of security by providing the necessary
emergency power reserve when needed. At the same time, this power backup can be used to reduce peak
loads if required. For Swisscom, the high level of quality and the complete elimination of oils and
other
liquids that characterize the new FutureE systems is an invaluable advan-
tage due to the fact that these systems have to be operated in environmen-• Fuel cell systems in Davos and Luzern protect electricity supply chain in case of mains failure

• Service quality: system availability increased to almost 100 %

• Environmental compatibility: electrical efficiency ratio exceeds 50 %, high resistance to cold

temperatures even without battery backup

• Economic efficiency: low maintenance effort, reduced operating costs

Nürtingen/Davos/Luzern – Swisscom, the leading Swiss telecommunica- tions group, has put into

service the most innovative technology in the field of modular fuel cell systems: two Jupiter fuel

cell systems were installed in Davos und Luzern. The first FutureE fuel cell systems in Switzerland

se- cure emergency power supply of Swisscom’s mobile communications base stations. One of these

systems impressively proved its high efficiency re- garding the safe procurement of cellular phone

calls at the World Economic Forum in Davos, held from 25 to 29 January 2012. Both innovative

systems in this region have been developed and installed by FutureE Fuel Cell Solu- tions GmbH from

Nürtingen, Swisscom’s cooperation partner within the

EU’s “fitup“ project. “It is an honour and privilege to co-operate with a re- nowned and

technologically pioneering partner like Swisscom in this de- manding project“, states Mark-Uwe

Oßwald, Managing Director of FutureE.

Efficient power backup for their base stations is of fundamental importance to mobile phone service

providers. This is the only way for them to secure a high service quality and reliably protect the

mobile communication network against network disturbance and potential mains or grid failure.

Jupiter fuel cell systems ensure the required high degree of security by providing the necessary

emergency power reserve when needed. At the same time, this power backup can be used to reduce peak

loads if required. For Swisscom, the high level of quality and the complete elimination of oils and

other

liquids that characterize the new FutureE systems is an invaluable advan-

tage due to the fact that these systems have to be operated in environmen-

January 31, 2012 - 2:00 PM No Comments

Hy9 Corporation Appoints Gary Clarke to the Position of President and Chief Executive Officer

HOPKINTON, MA– Hy9 Corporation ( http://www.hy9.com ), the leading manufacturer of high purity hydrogen purifiers, and hydrogen generators for the hydrogen economy, today announced that it appointed Gary Clarke to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, Mr. Clarke will guide the company through a phase of rapid product development as it solidifies its position as category leader in the point of use purification and generation of hydrogen.

“Gary has a proven record of leading technology companies through high-growth phases,” said Jon Rotenstreich, Chairman of Hy9. “His experience with emerging technologies is invaluable as we commercialize our advanced technologies to power the hydrogen economy.”

About Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke, 48, most recently served as the General Manager with Olive Software. Previously he held senior positions at category leading firms, including Amazon Kindle, Vignette and Netscape Communications. Mr. Clarke also served as a consultant in the launch of Wolfram|Alpha, the world’s first computational knowledge engine.

Mr. Clarke earned a PMD from Harvard Business School. He also graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS in Sociology. Mr. Clarke also served honorably in the US Army as a member of Army Special Operations.

About Hy9 Corporation Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (USA), Hy9 Corporation designs, manufactures and sells high-performance hydrogen generators and hydrogen purifiers for the portable and stationary/backup power, industrial gas and transportation markets. Hy9’s HGS family of hydrogen generators run on methanol, reliably, efficiently and cost effectively producing high purity hydrogen for PEM fuel cells. Hy9’s HPS purifiers give customers the assurance that they are consistently and reliably receiving hydrogen for their applications at greater than 99.9999% purity.

January 31, 2012 - 8:01 AM No Comments

Adobe’s 4-Step Path Toward a Net Zero Energy Balance

By Leslie Guevarra-greenbiz.com
Adobe Systems, the maker of Photoshop and Acrobat software, didn’t set out to become a net zero company, one that generates or offsets as much energy as it uses.

To hear Michael Bangs tell it, the company happened upon a path of energy efficiency and grew increasingly more aggressive in the pursuit until achieving net zero became one of the firm’s central sustainability goals.

‘We’re trying to get to net zero — we’re not there yet, but we’re trying,” Bangs told the audience at the GreenBiz Forum today in San Francisco. “We realize that sustainability is more than just our product, it’s really how we operate our business.”

Bangs, Adobe’s director of global facilities operations, described the company’s net zero strategy during a “One Great Idea” presentation at the forum. He also announced the firm’s latest move toward that goal: the installation of two 200-kilowatt Bloom Energy fuel cells at the Adobe’s San Francisco offices.

The fuel cells, which can run independently from the grid and produce no carbon emissions, are expected to provide 35 percent of the power used at the site, he said. Adobe has a dozen other Bloom boxes — each of them 100-KW fuel cells — at its headquarters in San Jose, where the technology supplies about 30 percent of the energy for the site.

They are just a few of the sustainable design features at the property, whose three office towers were certified and then re-certified at LEED-Platinum level, the highest certification possible from the U.S. Green Building Council. The headquarters complex also has 20 vertical wind turbines, whirling spires that are so eye-catching that they have been mistaken for art sculptures. Bangs ran down a list of the green building elements in San Jose and at other Adobe properties when we chatted last spring about the company’s facility initiatives.

He recapped those features and more in his talk today. Adobe’s property portfolio covers roughly 3 million square feet of space worldwide. The headquarters in San Jose account for about 1 million square feet; that site and the San Francisco property make up 37 percent of the total square footage. By the close of fiscal year 2010, about 45 percent of the company’s square footage was certified as green building space under the LEED standard. And as of today, 10 company facilities are certified as LEED-platinum green buildings.

The company’s work toward net zero started more than a decade ago during the energy crisis of 1999-2000, Bangs said. In California, then-Governor Gray Davis called utility customers to cut their usage by 2 to 3 percent. At the time, Adobe found it could achieve that savings by switching off lights when they weren’t needed, said Bangs. Soon after, the company decided to place lights on a single switch to yield further savings, and from there the efforts snowballed as the firm devised increasingly more ambitious energy efficiency goals.

In setting its sights on net zero, the company identified four major steps to achieve its goal:

1. Measuring and Managing — “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” said Bangs, pointing out that Adobe facilities have measurement systems that keep tabs on thousands of data points. In San Jose, alone, information is collected from 30,000 data points.

2. Reducing Demand — Companies can reap huge savings by turning off lights, switching to higher efficiency lights, and changing the way heating ventilation and air conditioning systems work, Bangs said.

For example, the company had been running the ventilation system in its million-square-foot parking garage in San Jose 24/7. But after monitoring air quality in the facility, the firm decided to run its ventilation fans for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening, and installed a timer that cost about $250.

“Right off the bat, we saved $50,000 a year,” Bangs said.

3. Generating Energy on Site — The wind spires in San Jose and the company’s investment in Bloom boxes are some of the more visible renewable energy projects at company facilities, Bangs said. The company is looking to build on those efforts, he said.

4. Investing in Offsets — “I know this is a matter of great debate in this community — is this really helping to achieve carbon neutrality? We’re not going to enter in that debate, but we feel it’s the right thing to do, so we’re purchasing renewable energy credits and verifiable emission reduction credits, for our operations in San Jose,” he said.

Bangs also praised Adobe employees for their ideas and efforts to make company operations more environmentally responsible. In responding calls to eliminate plastic water bottles on company premises, Bangs said he initially feared an onslaught of criticism. The day after sending notice of the bottled water ban to 8,000 employees in North America, Bangs braced for a flood of email. He received just 25 and all of them praised or thanked the company for its decision.

“Employees have made sustainability work at Adobe,” he said. “They make net zero possible.”

January 31, 2012 - 6:47 AM No Comments