Fuel cell and on-site wind for UK environmental centre

UK-based UPS Systems has completed a fuel cell installation for the new Environmental Energy Technology Centre (EETC) being built in Rotherham, south Yorkshire. The building will also include an on-site wind turbine.

UPS Systems has installed three 12 kW Hydrogenics fuel cells into the hydrogen mini grid system (HMGS), along with nine inverters, three 168 Ahr batteries and supervisory software to control the system. Both the fuel cells and batteries have been mounted in matching racks to reduce the space they occupy.

The HMGS has been developed by energy consultancy TNEI Services and hydrogen specialists the Pure Energy Centre and is designed to produce and store 'green' hydrogen energy generated by a 225 kW on-site wind turbine to power the EETC and make it self sufficient in energy.

The EETC is due to open in early 2010. Once complete its goal is to encourage the development and commercialization of environmental energy technologies.

UPS Systems Managing Director Tom Sperrey said, 'The creation of the hydrogen mini grid system is an exciting development for fuel cell technology. Generating hydrogen on-site through renewable energy sources such as wind helps to make fuel cells a greener solution.'

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