Fuel cell backup power system for Israeli community

A hydrogen fuel cell-based critical backup power solution has been installed at an Israeli municipality’s emergency operating centre, its developer announced this week.

The 5 kW fuel cell system replaces a previous diesel genset-based backup power system at the Galil Elyon mayors’ operating centre in the Upper Galilee region. à‚ 

According to developer GenCell, the system was designed in partnership with the Israeli Military Industry (IMI) and may be installed with a bomb shelter that can withstand a one-tonne missile strike, ensuring full function during a crisis scenario.

The system also features a remote monitoring and control system. à‚ à‚ 

Giora Zals, Galil Elyon’s mayor, said that, unlike the previous diesel gensets used for backup power, the G5 ‘doesn’t need to expel any exhaust fumes ” just heat and water. Because of this, it can be brought inside a bunker and be properly protected from direct missile strikes. This has huge and fundamental operational advantages for us.’

Rami Reshef, GenCell CEO, added: ‘For the first time, there is now a proven solution ࢀ¦ that provides command and control centres around the world with the critical power to successfully manage extreme situations. For countries where the need for preparedness is paramount, the GenCell G5 is a must have technology.’

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